Film Studio Gutted at Swansea

Film Studio Gutted at Swansea

The establishments of the Beury Feature Film Company at that of the Toronto Indestructible Brick Company at Swansea, Ont., was recently gutted by fire and that of the Indestructible Brick Company was badly damaged, resulting in a loss altogether of $50,000 on buildings and a like amount on contents. The film company’s studio was of frame, iron clad constructed, while that of the brick concern was of brick, both one-story buildings. A watchman at the moving picture plant discovered the fire at the roof of the main building soon after 6 p. m. Short-circuited wires are supposed to have caused the fire. The watchman turned on a water pump, but in 10 minutes the entire structure was in flames. At 6.40 p. m. an alarm was telephoned to Toronto and District Chief Russell responded with an engine and 2,500 feet of hose. One engine stream was thrown, a 1 1/8-inch nozzle being used. Water was obtained from a city hydrant at the Ontario Steel Company plant. The fire burned rapidly and leaped across the small space between the moving picture plant and the brick company’s buildings and the main building and boiler house were destroyed. The office building, at some distance, escaped. A Toronto newspaper states that preparations were under way at the film company plant for a picture of a theatre burning due to a cigarette butt when the real fire started, and also said: “Had there been a high wind it is likely the fire would have spread to the rows of houses on Windemere avenue. The danger emphasizes the need for some system of fire protection in Swansea.”

General View of Harrison Brothers & Company Building, Philadelphia, Pa., When Fire Was Under Control.

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