Fire Damages Two San Francisco Residences
Fire broke out shortly after 2 a. m. one morning recently at the home of Mrs. Gray, situated in the residential section of San brancisco, Cal., and damaged that building and the adjoining residence of Mr. Fleissner. The fire started from an unknown cause and spread so rapidly through the wooden building that it was well advanced upon the arrival of the department. Chief Thomas R. Murphy and his men fought the blaze with great skill, and succeeded in saving part of the Gray home and in preventing any great damage being done to the residence of Mr. Fleissner. The buildings were each two stories high. The fire was discovered by a policeman, who turned in the alarm at 2.21 a. m., and burned for 4 ½ hours. The department turned out with 75 men, eight engines, three hook and ladder trucks and one chemical engine. One of the engines was an AmericanLa France pumper, and Chief Murphy has expressed gratification over the work of this machine. There was 6,350 feet of cotton, rubberlined hose in service in which no breaks occurred. Eight streams were thrown, all being engine streams, and the nozzles used were ⅞and l 1/4-inches in size. A 6-inch main was situated near the damaged buildings. The system of water supply is gravity. A number of hydrants situated about 500 feet apart were available for use. The loss resulting from this fire was estimated in the vicinity of $50,000.