Fire Partially Destroys Congregation Building at Chicago
The Jewish Emanuel Congregation building at Chicago, Ill., was partially destroyed shortly after midnight recently by fire, said to have been caused by electric wires. This building was two stories high and occupied a space of 50 by 125 feet. It was built about 10 years ago. having been constructed of brick and wood. The fire burned very rapidly, so that upon the arrival of Chief Thomas O’Connor and the department, flames were coming from the windows, and had eaten their way through the roof and the rear of the building. The department fought the flames with 72 men, one Seagrave motor pumping engine and 250 feet of hose. The work of Chief O’Connor and his men was very efficient, for despite the start the fire had gained, more than half the building and contents were saved. The building was damaged to the extent of $12,000, its value being $40,000, and the contents of pews, an organ, etc., valued at $18,000, was damaged to the extent of $10,000. An 8-inch main was located near the scene of the fire. One engine and one hydrant stream were thrown from 1 1/4-inch nozzles. Twelve single and double hydrants, situated 300 feet apart, were available for service. There was a pressure of 30 pounds at each. The direct pumping system of water supply is in use at Chicago. The fire started in the organ loft and was stopped at the attic, after having burned for thirty minutes.