Grain Elevators Partially Destroyed at Minneapolis

Grain Elevators Partially Destroyed at Minneapolis

Chief C. W. Ringer, Minneapolis, Minn.

The Quinn-Shepherdson grain elevator in the southeast part of Minneapolis, Minn.,, was recently damaged by fire, and sparks from the burning structure set another elevator, that of the Marfield Grain Company, on fire. The Quinn-Shepherdson elevator is a wooden structure about seven stories high, and the fire, which started in the evening on the first floor, was discovered by a guardsman. Chief C. W. Ringer found the fire was burning throughout the structure, which is located in a railroad yard, about 450 feet from a street. The chief handled the fire very efficiently and succeeded in keeping the loss on property valued at $60,000 down to only $20,000, and the loss on contents valued at $90,000 down to $40,000. At about midnight, sparks from this building set the Marfield company’s building afire. This is a wooden structure about eight stories high and located in a railroad yard about 800 feet from a street. At both fires it was necessary for the firemen to take lines over the railroad tracks. The water supply was from the gravity system and was obtained from hydrants about 400 feet apart. The loss on property valued at $110,000 was but $60,000, and that on contents valued at $75,000 was $50,000.

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