Hamilton Department Travels Two Miles to Fire

Hamilton Department Travels Two Miles to Fire

The Hamilton, Ont., Department were called out early one recent morning to travel two miles to the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane, situated on a mountain, where a serious fire had broken out. The fire had started at about 12.40 a. m.„ and the alarm was received 1.30 a. m., hence when Chief A. B. Ten Eyck and his men arrived the whole third and fourth stories, and the roof, were in flames from one end of the building to the other. The flames did not spread any further, however, for Chief Ten Eyck and his department succeeded in checking them. After three hours’ work the fire was finally extinguished. The superintendent of the asylum states that the whole building would have been destroyed, were it not for the good work of Chief Ten Eyck and his men. Government officials also expressed much pleasure over the department’s excellent work. Two hundred inmates were sleeping in the asylum when the fire broke out, but these were conducted out with no serious injuries. The damaged asylum was buijt of brick 28 years ago, and occupied a space of about 70 by 200 feet. The fire originated in the attic room from an unknown cause. The department had 2,150 feet of cotton rubberlined hose, equipped with l 1/4-inch nozzles, in service. No breaks were reported. Two engine and five hydrant streams were thrown. Five 4-inch double hydrants, located from 150 to 300 feet apart, were serviceable. A 6-inch main was located near the scene of the fire. The water system is direct pumping. Chief Ten Eyck responded to the fire with one fire engine. The building was valued at about $150,000 and its contents at $10,000. Estimates place the loss on the building at $15,000, and that on the contents at $5,000.

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