Garage Damaged by Fire at El Paso
Excellent work by Chief John W. Wray, of El Paso, Tex., and his department, held the loss at a recent fire at the Mission Garage, of that city, to a low figure. The damage to the building amounted to only $1,500, while the loss on the contents, which consisted of automobiles and accessories, was $8,750. The building was valued at approximately $45,000 and the contents at about $35,000. The fire originated from an unknown cause in a pile of rubbish situated at one corner of the building. The damaged garage was one story high, occupied a space of 100 by 120 feet, and was built three years ago, the materials used in its construction being brick and wood. It was located in the business section of the city, and Chief Wray’s good work averted possible damage to a number of other buildings. The fire started at 8:35 p. m., and was extinguished in about twenty minutes. Hand extinguishers protected the building from fire. Eight 4-inch double hydrants were convenient for use, and there was a pressure of 80 pounds. These hydrants were located about 300 feet apart. Two engine and five hydrant streams were thrown from the 3,550 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose in service. The hose was equipped with 1 1/8 and 1 1/4-inch nozzles. Water was supplied from a 6-inch main by means of the gravity system of supply. Chief Wray had 38 men and the following apparatus at the fire: One Seagrave 1,000-gallon pumping engine, three American-La France triple combination wagons, one steam engine, one service truck and one combination wagon.