Drug Warehouse Badly Damaged in Omaha
The Sherman & O’Connell Drug Company warehouse in the wholesale district of Omaha, Neb., took fire at 9.47 p. m. on October 12, and the building was badly damaged before the fire department of sixty men, in command of Chief Charles A. Salter, got it under control. The warehouse, a three-story brick structure, with wooden partitions, 22×80 feet, was all afire when the firemen arrived with one aerial truck, four 1,000-gallon pumpers, one Junior pumper, two city service trucks, all American-LaFrance. and a water tower. Four 6-inch double hydrants were available, 200 feet apart, with a pressure of 90 pounds, from 10 and 12-inch mains. Two hydrants and eleven engine streams were thrown from nozzles 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inch, there being sufficient pressure to furnish good plug streams for the engines, with direct pumping. During the five-hour battle with the flames two firemen were injured. The value of the building was $10,000; loss, $6,500. Contents value, $68,500; loss, $47,177. The fire was confined to the building where it started.