Destructive Fire at Nashville.
Fire, starting in the rear of the six-story building at 317-319 Third avenue, Nashville, Tenn. occupied by the J. H. Fall Hardware Company, recently, resulted in the almost complete destruction of the entire northern half of the business block extending along the west side of Third avenue, from Union to Deaderick streets. The loss, the greater part of which is covered by insurance, is estimated at $225,000. The origin of the tire is unknown. As the result of the fire the building occupied by J. 11. hall & Co. is a complete wrec 1 lie building adjoining the hall store on the south, occupied by Sol Frankland & Co., dry goods, was also wrecked. The Timothy Dry Goods building, south of the Frankland building, was saved by the firemen, but water considerably damaged valuable goods stored in the basement and the walls are bauly cracked as the result of tin terrific heat. The building occupied by the Nashville Outfitting Company was almost completely ruined and the stock was badly damaged both by fire and water. The building occupied by Abernathy, Langham & Shook, clothiers, the offices of the New York Dental Parlors and Mahon It Watts, photographers, was badly gutted in the rear and the damage to stock, occasioned principally by water, is large. As soon as the serious nature of the fire was seen, Fire Chief Rozctta ordered the general alarm turned in, calling out every fire company in the city. The fire, of which the origin is unknown, although theories of faulty electric wiring and spontaneous combustion have both been advanced, started on the third floor of the Fall building. Soon after the firemen arrived a number of shells, cartridges and other ammunition catching fire caused explosion after explosion, which greatly endangered the firemen. At one time an explosion greater than the others, said to have been caused by the catching fire of some black powder stored in the rear of the building, crashed in a number of windows and blew a large book case, standing in the show window of the Nashville Outfitting Company, entirely across Third avenue. The greatest damage was occasioned when the wall of the Fall building fell. The weight of the bricks crushed in the rear parts of the buildings between the hall building aim Deaderick street, and completely buried the tracks of the East Nashville car lines under debris. After hours of fierce lighting the firemen had the flames under control before the noon hour Engines were left to throw water on the smouldering ruins, how ever. I ruck No. 1, one of the handsomest pieces of the fire fighting apparatus, was badly damaged ”hen the wall of the J. II. Fall Company building tell I he truck, with live men on it, was drawn up close under the walls on the north side of the burning buildings, and when the mass of bricks fi ll across it, the aerial ladder was smashed m two places, the wheels and axles broken and the entire machine generally damaged. ,.v an almost miraculous good fortune, none of the firemen were hurt In writing to this journal ot tlic tire. Chief A. A. Rozctta says: “The Rail Hardware Company’s building vva* ’Jo x 10 tect. six stories high, and was about 18 years old. It was built of brick, but had no partition walls, and the only fire-fighting facilities were a few hand chemical extinguishers. I he flames, the origin of which could not he learned, were first discovered in the rear part of the third story, by firemen and citizens simultaneously at about 6.52 a. in. An alarm was quickly sent in from a street box and responded to bv ten steamers, twelve hose wagons, one chemical and two trucks. When the apparatus arrived the flames were breaking through the roof. There were plenty of hydrants with double 2Ii-inch outlets. The streets in the vicinity are fifty feet wide, through which runs an 8-inch water main supplying a hydrant pressure of 49 pounds. W e stretched 6,000 feet of hose of both cotton rubber-lined and of rubber. Thirteen streams were turned onto the flames, using both Eastman and Glozier nozzles. The contents of the hardware building included paints, oils and belting, as well as hardware. The building, which was valued at $42,500, was damaged to the extent of $28,335, and the stock, which was valued at $240,000, was damaged to the extent of $193,200.”
The accompanying illustration shows four of the business houses burned. The fire was practically under control when this was taken.