Fire in a Leather Board Mill.
A recent fire destroyed the Jenkins Bros, leather board mill at Bridgewater, Mass., an old grist mill across the river used as a storehouse, a large storehouse filled with goods ready for shipment, the limehouse, a large number of bags a quantity of paper and woodpulp and the electric light plant. Only a small storehouse in the rear was saved, the loss being from $80,000 to $100.000. The cause of the fire was set down to spontaneous combustion of the leather in a pile of sacks of chips stored out of doors under the 5.000-gal. water tank which supplied the sprinkler-system. The fire weakened the supports of the tank, which fell, putting the system out of commission. The force-pumo was put in operation. but proved inadequate, the fire having gained headway with great rapidity. When the watchman found it impossible to do any effective work with the facilities at the mill, he telephoned the fire department at *he central station 2 miles awav; but. before the firemen could get to the mill, the buildings were almost completely destroyed. The department, however, did good work in saving the adjoining property. The mill building was a iLj-storv frame building of poor construction, but sprinklered, the sprinkler service being probably put out of commission before the building caught fire. The watchman service appears to have been inefficient.