Fire Confined to Building in Greenville, S. C.
The fire that recently destroyed the department store of Meyers-Arnold Company and damaged an adjoining theatre in Greenville, S. C., started, from an unknown cause about 7 A. M. it was thought, as it had a good start when the alarm was turned in at 7.33 A. M., as reported by C. Lee Biggerstaff, secretary of the fire department. The building, which was of brick and wood construction, had a 40-foot frontage on the principal street and was two stories in height and twenty years old. It had brick partition walls in the basement, but no private fire protection was provided. The fire started in the basement, and when the department, commanded by Chief J. G. Scott, arrived, the entire structure was involved, the building filled with smoke and flames issuing from the basement to the sidewalk. The thirty-one firemen employed two Ahrens-Fox motor pumpers of 750 gallons capacity, one White, with 600 gallons capacity one White city service truck, one Webb hose wagon and one American-La France hose truck. Five 2 1/2-inch double hydrants were available, spaced at 200 feet, and with sufficient for engine, but not for plug streams, of which a total of eight streams thrown at one time. There were street mains. Three lengths burst of the 4,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose laid. The department stopped the fire in the same building after four hours’ struggle, the damage to the adjoining buildings being practically confined to smoke. The loss on property and contents, which consisted of dry goods and women’s clothing, was estimated at $200,000.