Fire From Shortcircuited Wire Damages Lyons Plant.
A short circuited electric wire caused a fire recently in Lyons, N. Y., at the power plant of the Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Company. The plant, which covered 3,000 square feet, was of brick construction with cement floors and wooden roof. It was located east of the city and was about five years old. The fire started in the center of the building at 5:30 a. m. and an alarm was immediately given, which brought Chief Henry Parkman with 75 men in quick response. As the structure was half a mile from the nearest city hydrant, the department was forced to depend on the two hydrants in the yard, which were 4-inch double, supplied by direct pumping private system. One length of hose burst, of the 800 feet laid, which caused some delay. Two hydrant streams, lJ4-inch nozzle, were thrown at one time. The value of the property and contents, which were electrical machinery, was $1,000,000, and notwithstanding the difficulties with which the department had to contend, Chief Parkman succeeded in stopping the fire with only $200,000 loss.