Good Work by Vancouver Department

Good Work by Vancouver Department

In describing the recent fire at Vancouver. B. C., the chief of the fire department of that city says: The fire which recently destroyed the Champion & White block and several frame buildings in this city, caused a loss of about $75,000. The buildings covered almost a block on the main street in the center of the city and before the fire was extinguished it had burned over a territory of about two acres. The frame buildings were but one story high and the brick structure was five stories in height. The cause of the fire was never discovered. It broke out about 12.30 a. m., in a frame building in the rear of the brickblock. It was discovered by a pedestrian who sent in an alarm by telephone. The department responded with five steamers, one Amoskeag. four Canadian Waterous engines, six chemical engines, ten hose wagons, two aerial trucks and one city truck. When the department reached the spot they found the frame buildings in the rear of the adjoining brick block a complete mass of flames. The streets at this point are 90 feet wide and carry a 15-inch water main, which furnished a hydrant pressure of 120 pounds. In the immediate vicinity were eight 6-inch, double hydrants, and with 1,400 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, six hydrant streams and 18 steamer streams wenput at work. The nozzles used were 1 1/8 and 1 1/4-inch, 2 Hart turrets and 8 Eastman sets. Our water sytem here is gravity and the pressure was amply sufficient for plug and engine streams. The Champion & White block was a five-story brick structure with a 50-foot frontage, but the frame buildings located in the rear were old and dilapidated and were used as garage and storehouse for building materials.”

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