Fire Shed Destroyed by Fire at St. John
The I. C. R. flour shed, together with its contents of tea and flour, was completely destroyed by fire recently, at St. John, N. B., Canada. The building was valued at $20,000 and the contents at about $60,000. The fire started at 12:15 a. m., and, it is stated, is supposed to have been of incendiary origin. It burned for five hours. Owing to the large amount of rubbish scattered about the building. the flames spread rapidly, so that the department, upon arriving, found the condition of the fire very serious. Chief George Blake and his men fought the blaze skillfully, however, and although it was impossible for them tai save the flour shed from destruction, they did excellent work in preventing the fire from spreading to the various other buildings located in the vicinity. The destroyed building was located on a wharf, and occupied a space of 200 by 150 feet. It was one story high and was erected about eight years ago, wood being the principal material used in its construction. There were fifty firemen at the fire, who had one American-La France motor pumping engine, three Amoskeag engines, and 3,500 feet of hose in service. The nozzles used were 1 ⅛ and 1 1/4 inches in size. A sufficient number of 4-inch hydrants were available for use, at which there was a pressure of 70 pounds. These hydrants were located about 100 feet apart. Water was supplied through a 12-inch main, by the gravity system of supply.