Film Fire in St. Louis
A fire that caused the destruction of a large number of films recently occurred in the Ozark Building, Kansas City, Mo., where the Fox Film Exchange and the George Kline system Film Exchange had offices and vaults. The origin of the fire was ascribed to an explosion of films in the Fox Company’s rewinding room, on the fourth floor of the fourstory modern building, constructed of brick and granite, and occupying a lot 50 by 135 feet. An employe was in the vault when an explosion took place, and the employes escaped by the fire escape The fire spread to the floor below, where the Kline system had its offices. Their vault being open, they lost all films, and the fire spread to a building across the alley, to the hardware store of the Zahner Manufacturing Company, causing damage to that company of $5,000 on building and $10,000 on stock. The fire started at 12:32 p. m. Goods were of such an inflammable nature as to cause a rapid spread of the flames, so that the rear of the building was well involved when the department arrived. Seventyfive men under Chief Alexander Henderson responded to the call, and brought an equipment of seven motor hose car, three horse-drawn hose wagons, one seventy-five-foot aerial ladder truck, and two steamers. There were available twenty hydrants set 150 feet apart, and 4-inch and 6-inch connections. There was a direct pressure from 10-inch and 12-inch mains which furnished five hydrant and four engine streams, and 4,250 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton rubber lined hose were laid, using 1 1/8-inch nozzles. The fire was extinguished after burning an hour and a half. A fireman’s arm was cut by falling glass. The loss on the building was about $10,000, and on the contents about $250,000.