Fire Damages Candy Factory at Hamilton

Fire Damages Candy Factory at Hamilton

Fire resulting from an unknown cause recently damaged the candy factory of the Jersey Cream Company, of Hamilton, Ont., Canada. The first started at about 8:08 p. m., and burned for one hour and forty minutes. About fifteen minutes after the fire had started the Hamilton Department received the first alarm, and during this time, owing to the wooden partitions inside the building and an open elevator shaft, the fire gained rapid headway, so that upon the department’s arrival the building was burning fiercely and smoke was coming from all of the windows. Despite this start, Chief A. B. ‘Fen Fyck and his men succeeded in extinguishing the flames with a comparatively small loss. Although the building was valued at $80,000, the loss on it is. estimated at only $3,000, while the contents, valued at $70,000, was damaged to the extent of but $12,000. The contents consisted of candv-making machinery and materials. The department was considerably hindered in fighting this fire by the fact that the fire guards on the rear windows of the factory were bolted through the frame. Six hydrants, situated 150 feet apart, were available for service, and at these there was a pressure of 75 pounds. There was 3,200 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose in service, equipped with 114inch nozzles. No breaks occurred in this hose. The damaged building was three stories high and occupied a space of 28 by 100 feet. It was built twenty-eight years ago of brick with wooden partition walls on the two upper floors. Chief Ten Eyck responded to the fire with about 46 men and had a Waterous steam engine in service. The factory was located in the business section of Hamilton, and it was due to the excellent work of Chief Ten F.yck and the other members of the department that other buildings were not seriously damaged.

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