Factory Fire at Brockville
The plant of the National Manufacturing Company, farming machinery manufacturers, at Brockville, Ont., was damaged by fire, July 15. with a loss of about $27,000. The value of the whole plant was about $175,000. The building damaged was 60 by 260 feet, two and three stories high and constructed of brick with brick and wood fire partitions and fire proof doors. The fire, from an unknown cause, started on the second floor at 8.25 p. m., and spread to an elevator shaft, and burned 2½ hours. The cause of fire spreading to the third floor was gas entering through fireproof door openings at elevator shaft, which had no roof ventilation. The shaft was of wood with an outside covering of iron from roof of second story building to the roof of third story building. Both buildings contained highlv inflammable materials, such as oil, Japan varnish, and merchandise, packed in crates awaiting shipment, also large quantities of excelsior, papers, etc., used in packing. When the fire department, in command of Chief G. M. Brady, arrived the fire was through the entire upper floor of storerooms and was spreading rapidly. One engine, one combination, and one straight hose wagon and one truck, all horse drawn, were in service. The direct pumping water svstem. with 58 pounds pressure, through 4 and 6-inch mains and 3 double hydrants provided sufficient water. There were 5 streams through 1,800 feet of hose on the fire. The engine was not used.