Frankfort High School Explosion Spreads Fire

Frankfort High School Explosion Spreads Fire

An explosion in the laboratory of the Frankfort, Ind., high school, following a fire was responsible for the complete destruction of the building, according to Chief O. L. Henderson, of the fire department of that city. The structure was situated just east of the public square, and was three stories in height, built of stone, brick and wood, and occupied an entire block. The fire. Chief Henderson thinks, was discovered at about 8:30 p. m., and the alarm was phoned at 8:45 p. m. In the mean time, before the fire department had time to arrive a terrific explosion took place, which spread the flames, which originated in the agricultural laboratory, throughout the entire three floors. The department turned out seven strong, with one Stutz pumper and a trailer to chief’s car carrying hose. There were four 6-inch double hydrants available, spaced 700 feet apart, with a pressure of 75 pounds. Three hydrant and two engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8th inches, 2,000 feet of hose being laid. The value of the building was $125,000 and that of the contents, school furniture, equipment, library, etc., $12,000, and the loss was total in each case.

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