Hard-Fought Fire at Atlanta.
Fire which raged for two hours, caused a loss approximating $100,000 in Atlanta, Ga., recently. The property destroyed included buildings occupied by the Oscar Barnes Furniture Company, and several other business structures. These buildings were located near South Pryor and Fast Hunter streets, in the center of the city The Barnes building covered an area of 51 x 125 feet, and the other buildings about 60 x 100 feet, and were two to four-stories in height, having been built about ten years ago. They were mill constructed, with partition walls of brick, in which there were windows. None of these buildings were equipped with sprinkler attachments or any facilities for fighting lire. The lire was discovered about 8.13 p. m., by some unknown person, who telephoned to fire department headquarters. This alarm was followed in about one-half a minute by an alarm from box 34 In response, the following apparatus turned out: one Webb automobile, eight steam engines, six hook and ladder trucks, 11 hose wagons and two chemical engines. Upon their arrival at the scene of fire, the flames were creeping out of all the windows of the furniture store, and the fire had already eaten into some of the adjoining buildings. About 20 double 1-inch hydrants were found available. These were located about 100 feet apart. Chief Cummings ordered about 12,000 feet of hose run out, and the firemen attacked the flames from all sides where it was possible to gain access. The streets at this point are 60feet wide, through which runs a 16-inch water main. The water pressure was ample for all purposes, being at 20 pounds; 25 hydrant streams and 15 engine streams were worked at intervals, and the firemen used 1, Us and 1 ¼ inch nozzles. The hose used was Furcka fabric, and under the severe pressure, one section gave way. No special tools were employed, excepting Eastman nozzles. The department fought the flames from 8.13 until about 11.30 o’clock, when they had it practically extinguished. About 25 persons are employed in these buildings during the day, but at the time of the lire they were practically empty so far as human occupation is concerned. From the start, the fire had the appearance of being one that would cause the department much hard work, but so systematically was it handled by Chief Cummings, that it was subdued in a comparatively short time. The value of the property involved is ..estimated at $110,000, and the contents at $1.000.000. The doss on Che Imildings will not exceed $30,000 arid that on the contents not more than $62,000. The contents of the buildings consisted of furniture, wall paper and dry goods The accompanying illustrations will give the reader a very accurate idea of the destruction caused by the fire. It will be noticed that most of the outside walls were left standing, particularly those of the Barnes furniture house. The diagram will give a very good idea of the. burnt district and locations of the buildings involved. These photographs were specially prepared for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.