Fire in Business Buildings at Ravenna

Fire in Business Buildings at Ravenna

Chief L. J. Frank, of Ravenna, Ohio, recently had a difficult fire to handle when four buildings on West Main street were destroyed. The fire started in a wooden tenement building. two stories high, and a south wind carried the flames to a three-story tile building and to two two-story structures of cement block and brick construction. The fire was discovered at 6:20 p. m., and an alarm sent by telephone. Chief Frank had twelve firemen at the fire and immediately had four hydrant streams on the fire, which, fanned by the wind, had gained great headway. There was a pressure at the hydrants of eighty pounds, the system of water supply being direct pumping. Under the able leadership of Chief Frank the area of the fire was kept from spreading further and the losses were kept down to $30,000 on buildings and to less than $6,000 on contents, which were valued at $10,000. The burned property included a bakery, a barber shop, a garage and offices, and a warehouse. Nearby the burned structures were wooden barns filled with hay and feed, which were saved, and sixty feet away from the garage is a row of residences. Chief Frank guarded these residences and they escaped the flames.

Ruins of Fire in Ravenna, O., Showing Part of Walls Standing.

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