Firemen Overcome by Heat at Grand Rapids Fire
Several firemen were overcome bv heat recently, when the Grand Rapids, Mich., Department was called upon to fight a fire at the plant of the Imperial Furniture Company. The temperature was in the vicinity of 104. The building, valued at $12,000, was damaged to the cxtent of $2,000, while the loss on the contents, which were worth $40,000, amounted to $10,000. The fire started at 9.43 a. m., and spread so rapidly through the building that upon the arrival of the department the whole western end of the building was in flames, and the open lumber yard was in great danger. The department, under the efficient leadership of Chief Boughner, did excellent work, succeeding in keeping the flames from the yard. The damaged building was valued at $12,000 and its contents at $40,000. Five 3-way hydrants, located 300 feet apart, were available for use, and at these there was a pressure of 65 pounds. Eight hydrant and 7 engine streams were thrown from 3,600 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose. The hose was equipped with nozzles varying from to 1 1/4 inches. Water was supplied from a 12-inch main by means of the direct pumping system. The damaged building was built 5 years ago, aud was constructed of wood and concrete, containing partition walls every 30 or 40 feet. Chief Boughner had 50 firemen at the blaze, with two trucks, two engines, three hose wagons, one squad wagon and one chemical engine.