Factory District Fire in Chicago.
With a loss placed at $125,000, the factory of the Chicago Rawhide Manufacturing Company, in the north side factory district of Chicago, was burned last week. A citizen discovered the fire and turned in an alarm, at 12:40 a. m., and after burning two hours and twenty-one minutes, it came to an end with the collapse of the building. Located at Nos. 348-350 West Ohio street, and six stories high, it was a brick and wood structure, 25 years old, without partition walls, sprinklers or other means to limit the spreading of fire. When the firemen arrived the building was involved all the way through, from the basement to the roof and up the elevator shaft. Nineteen engines of Metropolitan, Ahrens and Continental types and four hook and ladder trucks, Seagrave and Babcock make, were employed in an effort to control the fire, six companies were put to work within a hundred feet of the burning building, where there was a cistern and a double 4-inch hydrant in front of the building. In all there were 16 hydrants and 2 cisterns available within 300 feet of each other. Five thousand seven hundred feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose were laid, and streams were thrown through 1 3/8 and 1 5/8-inch nozzles. They were of the Chicago fire department pattern, besides which Siamese and street pipes were used. There was a good supply of water giving 30 pounds pressure at the hydrants. A 12-inch main ran in the street in front of the building for 15 engine streams, furnished by direct pumping, were thrown as stated in a report to this journal by A. R. Seyferlich, chief of the second battalion. There was no incident to interfere with the work of the department, but the building and its contents of leather supply and hides, were a total loss.