Fire at University of Wisconsin
The main hall at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis., was recently burned. Fifteen hundred students were in the building when the fire was discovered and all escaped. As soon as the fire was discovered one hundred students scaled the roof of the hall to fight the blaze. The alarm was given in and the fire equipment of the college assisted Chief Huyl and the local fire department. Loss was placed at about $200,000. The fire has taught the university a lesson. If it had not been for the efficient work of Chief Huyl and his men there is no question but that the loss from the conflagration would have been heavy, and not only the main hall, but other buildings might have been destroyed. The fire protection for the university buildings is from the university water plant, and, in discussing the matter with the university regents, Business Manager Torkelson of the university stated that the trouble at the fire from lack of water was due to the fact that there was an attempt to run twelve streams upon the blaze when the pressure would carry only eight. Just how to increase the water supply for the university is a prob’em It is said that no higher water pressure can be obtained from the university power plant. A remedy which seems feasible is the erection of a standpipe with a large storage reservoir, and it is likely that after the lesson such a storage tank will be asked from the legislature. The rapidity with which the building was evacuated by the students upon the sounding of the fire alarm showed conclusively the value of the fire drilh These drills have been carried on in main hafi for several years, and in a test drill a year ago the building was emptied of over 1,000 students in just two minutes. The record of the day of the fire was even better, and the hall was emptied, after the fire gongs sounded, in less than two minutes and without disorder. So far the fire drills have not been frequently conducted in many of the other buildings of the university, but the main hall has long been recognized as the least fireproof of all the buildings on the campus. It is said that hereafter periodic fire drills will be conducted in all the university buildings.