Eight Alarm Fire Razes Lumber Plant
The Baltimore, Md., Fire Department had a real job on its hands when it arrived at the Baltimore Lumber Company fire which caused a loss of $300,000.
Starting in one corner of a large frame building occupied by the lumber company, the fire was spurred on by a series of explosions which caused dozens of additional smaller fires. Eight alarms were turned in. bringing about 300 firemen, thirty-six engine companies, eight hook and ladder companies, four high pressure companies, two water towers, and three salvage corps.
Not long after the first burst of fire, a solid mass of flame was driven across the lumber yard by a southeast wind. The Pennsylvania Railroad Freight shed west of the lumber plant was set afire at half a dozen places simultaneously by flames which jumped the wide street.
During the height of the blaze, the heat was so intense that hose lines had to be abandoned, and streams had to he directed on many of the trucks until they were moved to safety. At least twenty privately-owned autos parked close by to the plant were destroyed by the flames. Ten trailer trucks, taking on cargoes at the freight sheds, were destroyed, together with their contents.
On the Fallsway side of the fire, firemen had trouble getting streams on the blaze. This was explained by the fact that the nearest high-pressure hydrant was about 2,000 feet away. Chief Howard Travers pointed out that in the past he had wanted fire hydrants on the Fallsway when it was built, but the city officials at the time said that hydrants were unnecessary.