Factory Fire at Leavenworth

Factory Fire at Leavenworth

The night watchman for the M. B. Hamilton Glove Company lost his life in one of the most disastrous and spectacular fires in recent years in Leavenworth, Kan., when the entire plant of that concern was wiped out on February 24. The building was 125 x 140, three stories high and constructed of brick, ten years ago. The fire was of unknown origin and started on the second floor, and the alarm was sent in at 9.05 P. M. It burned eleven hours. When the fire department reached the building the flames were coming out of every window. Driver Peter Johosky, of Truck 1, almost lost his life in his heroic but unsuccessful efforts to save the watchman. Johosky was overcome by smoke when taken from a ladder at a second story window, a doctor applied the pulmotor, resuscitating him. Later he was removed to a hospital where he soon recovered. Efforts were made to recover the watchman’s body, until the roft fell in. By keeping a stream on the body it was but little burned. The building burned rapidly and the South Leavenworth department was called on for assistance. Several adjoining buildings were saved. The fire department under command of Chief M. Bahler, had two combination motor trucks, one horse drawn truck and one hose wagon in service. The water pressure of 135 pounds was sufficient to furnish the six lines of 3,000 feet of hose used with all the water and pressure necessary. Four double 4-inch hydrants 300 feet apart on a 12-inch main were available. Three lengths of hose burst. The value of the property was $100,000; the loss $98,000. The building was wholly destroyed.

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