GOOD WORK BY SPRINKLERS.
At a recent fire in the storehouse of the Brewer Drug and Chemical company, in Worcester, Mass., the sprinkler system did fine work. The fire originated in a large metal kettle, in which were thrown the floor-sweepings, which included a large amount of chemical dust of various kinds. Spontaneous combustion was set up, and an explosion ensued followed by a slight puff of fire. Four Grinnell heads opened. There was a high water-pressure of about 100 lbs. to the head, and the room was almost immediately deluged with water, completely extinguishing the fire. On account of the fumes from the chemicals, it was impossible for the firemen to gain access to the room for some time, and this resulted in a water damage of about $2,400. The total insurance involved amounted to $200,000, on which ws reported a loss of about $7,500.