Fire in Stores in Burlington
A drug store, a millinery store, a hardware and a clothing store were destroyed by fire at Burlington, Ia., recently. The fire started in the drug store and went up an air chamber under the roof of the building, and quickly worked its way through. A loss of $99,000 was entailed on property valued at about $150,000. All of the stores occupied the ground floor of the four-story building, while the upper floors were taken up with offices. The structure covered a space of 70 by 132 feet. It was a 19-year-old building and constructed of brick with wood partition walls. The cause of the fire is unknown. It was discovered at 3:30 in the morning and it was burning briskly. For six hours Chief L. F. Blank and twenty-two firemen fought heroically, and it spoke volumes for Chief Blank that the entire structure with contents was not leveled to the ground. While there were hose reels on each floor, they were not utilized, as no one except the watchman was in the building at the time of the blaze. Five hydrants placed 300 feet apart were used. The water pressure amounted to 120 pounds. Eight hydrant streams using 1¼ and l^-inch nozzles were employed and 3,280 feet of hose. One Deluge set was used very effectively when the fire was at its height. The illustration herewith sent by Chief Blank shows clearly the efficient work of the Burlington department.