Dock Fire at Portland, Ore.
Two great docks were burned, nearly $500,000 worth of grain ruined, and two steamboats were badly damaged at Portland, Ore., Mar. 12, by a fire which broke out at 4:12 a. m., on Columbia dock No. 2, foot of Albina Avenue, and worked rapidly northwest to the foot of Randolph Street, four hlocks away. Springing from the Columbia No. 2 dock to the Royal Mail liner Glenroy, and to the Montgomery No. 1 dock, the fire consumed $400,000 worth of wheat, oats and barley. Thence it passed to the boat Cricket, whose cargo of 4,000 barrels of asphalt, a quantity of sulphur and several drums of gasoline were destroyed. The bulk of the damage was done between the time of the first alarm at 5 o’clock, when the wind, which had been northwest in direction, switched about and blew east. The fire stopped at the slip of the lower Albina ferry, but the Cricket, breaking loose, started downstream, bumped into the Montgomery No. 2 dock and set it afire in a minor way and went on downstream. With the lucky change in the wind, the department was enabled to stop the fire at the yards of the Albina Fuel Company at the n6rth end of the Montgomery No. 1 dock. But the whole surface of the two docks burned until 7 o’clock before they were under control. Two cars of asphalt on a siding on the Montgomery dock containing 80 barrels of the product were also burned. The fire scorched cars standing 100 yards away. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire department had in service six engines, a motor hose-chemical wagon, a motor pumping engine and four ladder trucks, and had 20 streams on the fire through 10,000 feet of hose and fire turret pipes. There was an abundance of water through 14 and 16-inch water mains with about 80 pounds pressure until a 6-inch pipe, which supplied the sprinkler system, burst which greatly decreased the pressure. The accompanying illustrations were furnished by the Portland “Oregonian.”