Furniture House Burned at Racine, Wis.
The destruction of the Thronson Furniture Building at Racine, Wis., recently, involved a loss of about $25,000. The building was located in the center of the city and covered a ground space of 160×120 feet, was four stories high and built of brick about 25 years ago. The fire was discovered by a small boy at about 6:38 p. m., and a telephone alarm was sent in to fire headquarters, to which six hose companies and two hook and ladder companies responded. When the firemen arrived they found the flames leaping up the elevator shaft and the fourth story was enveloped in flames, which were also breaking through the roof. The department was greatly hindered at the outset by frozen hydrants. Chief Janies Cape ordered 3,500 feet of hose laid, and after a four-hour battle the flames were subdued, having been confined to the third and fourth floors. The building was without private fire protection. The street on which the building is located has a 16-inch water main, and with ten 6-inch double hydrant streams were maintained until the flames were checked. Two Eastman 3-way and 12-way nozzles were used aside from the general use of 1, 1½ and 2-inch nozzles.