Erie Foundry Fire
The fire department of Erie, Pa., under Chief J. M. Duerner, found a hard problem to solve in a recent fire in the Jarecki Foundry. The fire started in the basement, which is of wood joist and brick construction and is used as a stock room for iron and brass fittings. These are kept in wooden racks 18 feet wide and 25 feet long, reaching from floor to ceiling. The fire was discovered about 2.45 p. m., by workmen in the first story who noticed smoke issuing from the gratings at the basement windows and it was found that the north corner of the basement was on fire. The plant had private protection of hydrants and hose and the employes at first thought they could extinguish the fire but they were quickly driven out by the dense smoke and an alarm was given. The basement was accessible from outside only by basement windows on two sides, and by a staircase from the inside, and the firemen who went in were soon overcome by smoke and were compelled to fight with cellar pipes. Six engine streams and five hydrant streams were used and the fire was stopped in eight hours in the building where it originated. The loss was estimated at about $37,000.