Destructive Factory Fire at Providence.
Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
A destructive factory fire at Providence, R. I., destroyed two large buildings at Charles and Cross streets, North End. The two buildings, which joined each other in the form of a cross, were constructed of brick and iron and were 1-story high. One was 900 x 90 ft. and about 23 ft. high; the other, 390 x 48 ft. 67 1/2 ft. wide at one end and 48 ft. at the other, Neither was equiped with sprinklers, and the 900-ft. building was about forty years old, the other, about one year. The fire broke out in the 900-ft. building or in the adjoining boilerroom, and. when the first piece of apparatus arrived, almost one-half of its whole length was ablaze, with the flame showing from most of the windows. Four engines, three hose wagons, five combination chemical and hose wagons, three hook and ladder trucks and one protection wagon were kept busy, and six fire hydrants— three public 8-in, 3-port, and three private 5-in. 2-way port—distant—the public, about 300 ft. —the private, about too ft. from each other. Nine engine and five hydrant streams—fourteen at one time—were thrown, the pressure being 62 lb., and 6,650 ft. of cotton, rubber-lined hose, with ordinary nozzles were used. The water-pressure was sufficient to furnish good plug-streams and supply the engines. The contents consisted chiefly of machinery, which was practically destroyed. About 400 ft. of the roof of the longer building and about 50 of the other were burned, and some of the iron girders were twisted by the action of the heat; but the sides of both buildings were left in good condition. It may be added that all the public hydrants of the city are flush with the sidewalk and a portable hydrant—head or “chuck,” with 4 and 6-port openings, is used. The width of the street in front of the burned buildings is 40 ft. and on it is laid a 16-in main.