Factory Fire at Fenton

Factory Fire at Fenton

The worst fire Fenton, Mich., ever had destroyed the Henry S. Koppin cycle car plant, September 17, with a loss estimated at $100,000. The fire was discovered soon after it started, but the building has been built for years and together with the soaking of oil, which it has always received, caused it to so fast that nothing could be done to save it when the fire department arrived. The most that could be done was to save adjoining buildings, which was done only by the hardest work. There was hardly any wind. Other Fenton people, aside from Mr. Koppin, feel the loss by fire. There were several citizens who had joined with Mr. Koppin in building the little cycle cars and the outlook for a good business was bright. They had installed a large amount of new machinery and had completed a few cars. The building was provided with a sprinkler system and, although it let loose, the fire had evidently started on the outside and had gained great headway and they failed to do any good. When the sprinkler system was on to its full capacity the city water works plant could not furnish water for them, and when it was impossible to close the water gate, which feeds the sprinkler system, it was impossible to keep the pressure up to a point where water could be thrown onto the roof of low buildings. For a time the pumps were pumping 540 gallons per minute, but the water was going to waste.

PHILLIPS FACTORY AT FENTON, MICH., BEFORE AND AFTER FIRE.
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