Furniture Store Destroyed by Fire in Mexico, Mo.
The J. M. Greer furniture store in Mexico, Mo., was recently visited with a bad fire which caused $20,000 loss to the $75,000 building and almost total loss to the $50,000 stock, consisting of furniture, carpets, undertakers’ supplies, etc. Losses were also caused to the Palace Clothing Company and the Buckner Drug Company, but these were chiefly from falling walls and water, as very little fire got into either building, Chief Morris and the fire department having practically confined the flames to the place of origin—a 40year-old building, occupying a space of 60 by 120 feet in the main business district of the city. The structure was four-story and was built of brick. It had no partition walls inside, neither was it provided with sprinkler equipment, private fireprotective apparatus or any special means for saving lives—but only three men were employed in the building. The fire, which was caused by an overheated furnace, started in the basement and was discovered by the owner at 7 o’clock p. m. It lasted for 12 hours and to fight it a general alarm was turned in as soon as it was discovered. When the department arrived the blaze was a fierce one and was spreading rapidly among the excelsior and grates that lay all around near the furnace and elevator. The firemen experienced no difficulty in getting at the fire; in fact, they were helped by a 12-foot alley adjoining the building. The only piece of apparatus on the ground was a combination wagon and the firemen operated with streams from the four 4-inch double hydrants set at 300 feet distance from each other. The pressure at these hydrants was 100 pounds and the nozzles used were 7/8-inch. No special fire tools were employed. The width of the street in front of the damaged property was 60 feet and on it was laid a 12-inch main supplied from a standpipe and by pumping. The hose laid was cotton, rubber-lined, of which 2,000 feet were used, no length bursting during the 12 hours of service. Throughout all that time the water pressure was easily sufficient to furnish good hydrant streams.