Falling Walls Crushes Three-Story Building

Falling Walls Crushes Three-Story Building

In a fire in Philadelphia which occurred on April 9, besides the destruction of a six-story building at 1817-19 Market Street, the walls of this building fell and crushed a three-story structure at 1821-23 Market Street, and a 12-story fireproof building on the other side was slightly damaged by the fire. The building in which the fire occurred was occupied by the Fidelity Storage and Warehouse Company, the fire starting on the third floor front from unknown cause at 11:41 p. m. On his arrival Chief Ross B. Davis sent in a second alarm followed by a third and fourth, bringing eleven chief officers and forty-one company officers and 347 men. The apparatus at the fire consisted of five Seagrave and two AmericanLa France pumpers, fourteen steamers, four Seagrave, one Boyd and one American-LaFrance trucks and one Hale water tower. Thirty 4 and 6-inch single and double hydrants were in use, distanced about 75 feet apart, with a pressure of thirty pounds. Twenty-three engine streams were thrown with nozzles of 1 1/4 to 2 inches, the water mains being 12 inches. In all some 15,000 feet of hose were laid, eight lengths bursting during the progress of the fire. A deluge set was also brought into service with good results. The fire when the first engine company arrived had control of the second and third floors of the Fidelity building and quickly spread to the other floors, besides damaging the skylights and roofing of the twelve-story fireproof building adjoining. The smoke from the fire was very dense and twenty-six members of the department were overcome, one or two being slightly injured. These men were treated by the department’s physician and resumed work. The fire burned for twenty hours before it was finally extinguished. The loss was estimated by Chief Davis as about $550,000.

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