DULUTH FIREMEN FIGHT FIRE 28 DEGREES BELOW ZERO
Gruelling Conditions Experienced by FireFighters in Packing House Blaze-Men Suffer from Frozen Hands and Feet—Week’s Fires
WITH a temperature of 28 degrees below zero and a biting gale of forty miles an hour, the Duluth firemen had a gruelling time of it in fighting a lively blaze in the J. S. Morrell & Co., packing plant in that city recently. When the first alarm companies arrived the flames were bursting from the first and second floors, according to Chief Joseph Randall. The chief, as soon as he arrived, sent in two additional alarms, and also telephoned for one extra company, which the alarm did not summon. The men suffered very severely with the intense cold, eleven of them having their hands and feet badly frozen. The fire started at 3:04 a. m., from an unknown cause, and burned for eighteen hours before it was extinguished. There were 140 men in service at the fire and the apparatus consisted of: four American-LaFrance and three Stutz pumpers; two American-LaFrance hose and chemical; one Ahrens-Fox combination; one American-LaFrance aerial; one White and one Ahrens-Fox city service trucks. There were nine 6-inch hydrants in use— two 75 feet from fire; two 250 feet; and five 400 feet from the fire. The pressure was 105-112 lbs. Four hydrant and 14 engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/2 inches.
There were 11,850 feet of hose laid, of which four lengths burst. Two deluge sets and one turret were also brought into service.
The loss on the building, valued at $55,000, was $24,966 and on the contents. 100,000 lbs. of lard, meat, etc., electric fixtures, valued at $63,500 the loss was $58,000.