Fire in Horse Collar Factory in Milwaukee
A $40,000 fire visited the Walter Smith Horse Collar factory, at Milwaukee, Wis., recently. The plant contained a large amount of baled straw, which burned with great rapidity, but the department under Acting Chief Linkman’s direction was well able to confine it and keep the loss at less than 25 per cent, of the property at risk. The building was located in the congested portion of the city, occupying a plot 50 by 150 feet. It was only two stories in height but was 52 years old and of ordinary brick joisted construction. It contained brick partition walls which helped the department to some extent in checking it. The fire was discovered at 4.36 P. M., the alarm being sent in by the watchman of an adjoining factory. The fire started in the rear and burned toward the front of the building. The department checked it 50 feet from the front entrance. The fire lasted for four hours and twenty minutes before being finally put out. When the department arrived, the entire west half of the building was in flames from basement to roof. The 110 firemen who responded to the alarm, practically surrounded the building. Eight engines, Metropolitan and Ahrens, one fireboat, two squad wagons and four trucks were on duty. Eight hydrants and five fire cisterns were employed. The pressure at the hydrants amounted to 45 pounds. Engine streams only were used, the largest number thrown on the fire at one time totalling eighteen. 7,700 feet of hose were laid and four cellar pipes, two distributing nozzles and three Siamese streams were employed. Chief J. S. Smith, of the second district, was the first officer at the fire and held the flames in check until Acting Chief Linkman arrived.
Courtesy of Newark “Evening Sun.”