Explosion Causes Serious Fire in Rochester
An explosion of alcohol in the compound room of the Don-O-Lac plant, situated in the southern part of the city of Rochester, N. Y., resulted in a serious fire, which completely destroyed the structure. The explosion occurred on the first floor and when the department, consisting of seventy-five men, commanded by Chief Frank A. Jaynes, arrived one of the side concrete walls had collapsed and the fire was under full headway. The first alarm was received at 10:31 a. m., and four minutes later the second was received, both having been sent in over the telephone. The firemen were unhampered in their work and had the fire under control at the end of two hours, the following apparatus being used: Eight hose wagons, two pumpers, three steam fire engines, two trucks and one salvage corps auto. Ten 6-inch hydrants, spaced about 250 feet apart, were available, with a hydrant pressure of fifty pounds. Nine hydrant streams and four engine streams were thrown, the size of the nozzles being l 1/8-inch and the street mains being 16-inch. Six hundred feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were used and the system of water was gravity. The damage on building and contents was estimated at $35,000. An employee of the plant was injured by the explosion and was later carried to the hospital.