Fire Protection in Freight Warehouses.
A suggestion which may be of value in connection with railway warehouses and stations is contained in an account of a fire in the warehouse of the Piedmont cotton mills at Piedmont, N. C., which was equipped with automatic sprinklers. On the upper floor, where the fire originated, 829 bales of cotton were packed solidly and high, within two feet of the sprinkler pipes in the ceiling, and 131 bales were similarly packed on the floor below. One day, it was discovered that the warehouse had sprung a leak or something, and after about 500 bales of cotton had been removed in good condition, it was found that 36 bales had fire concealed about their interiors, and that the fire had been prevented from spreading by seven sprinkler heads, which must have opened ten or twelve hours before the fire was discovered. The building and most of the cotton bales gave no evidence of a fire having occurred, and the damage to the 36 bales that were afire was only partial. This is one of the most striking instances of sprinkler protection on record.