Fire in Business Building at Brockton

Fire in Business Building at Brockton

Fire, the origin of which is unknown, broke out on the fourth floor of the Holbrook Building, at Brockton, Mass., recently, doing $3,000 damage to the property, valued at $85,000, and $15,000 damage to the contents (provision storehouse and offices), which were valued at $65,000. The building was situated on a 60foot street near the center of the city, occupying a space 50 by 100 feet. It was four stories in height and’ of brick construction, with partition walls of brick. It was equipped with fire escapes and hand chemical extinguishers. The fire was discovered at 6:45 p. m. by a citizen, and an alarm was sent in to the department over the alarm telegraph system. When the firemen arrived, under command of Assistant Chief W. F. Daley, the fire was already bursting through the windows on the north side of the building. Forty firemen were employed, with three engines, two Amoskcag and one Westinghouse gasolene, horsedrawn; 4 Pope-Hartford motor combination chemical and hose wagons, one American-La France 85-foot aerial ladder truck and one Runisay truck. There were eight 4-inch hydrants available 150 feet apart, through which sufficient pressure, averaging 70 pounds, was obtainable from the city standpipe. Four hydrant streams and one engine stream were thrown, through 3,500 feet of cotton rubberlined hose, with 1 to l 1/4-inch nozzles. The water main at that point is 16 inches in diameter. There were 75 people employed in the building, but no lives were lost. The fire burned for forty-five minutes, but was confined to the fourth floor of the building, where it started. The department was hindered in its work by a blocked door.

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