Flames Destroy Hospital at Farnham
A four-story brick hospital, north of the river at Farnham, Que., was recently destroyed by fire in which twenty-two people lost their lives and seven were injured. The fire started in the basement and the lights went out a few minutes after the blaze was discovered and the alarm given, which accounted for part of the loss of life. The institution, known as the Hospice Ste Elizabeth, occupied eight acres of ground, and the structure was erected forty years ago. The hospital staff discovered the fire and an alarm was telephoned at 8 p. m. Chief Napoleon Roy and twenty firemen responded with one Watcrous fire engine, one ladder truck and two hose wagons, and found the flames, fanned by a strong wind, already spreading all over the structure. Two engine streams and four hydrant streams were thrown, 3,500 feet of cotton rubber lined hose being in use. Two 4-inch double hydrants, four hundred feet apart, being available, and the pressure of 65 pounds at the hydrants was sufficient for good plug streams. Water was obtained from a 4-inch main in the street. A 10-inch main is now being installed. Chief Roy and the firemen received high praise for the courage and skill disp’ayed in fighting the fire. The loss on building and contents, furniture and hospital equipment, etc., was estimated at $155,000. A fire in a chimney had occurred the night before and was put out as soon as it started.