Hard Fought Fire at_Houston
A four-alarm fire at Houston, Tex., gave the fire department an all night’s battle when the five-story brick plant of the Northern Bag & Fiber Company was damaged recently. The building covers a 75 x 100 foot space at 5th and Washington streets. Fire in the rear of the basement was discovered at 10 p. m. and at 10.24 the fire department received the alarm over the Gamewell alarm system. By this time the fire had spread up to the fifth floor in the rear and the stock of bagging, burlap, and paper was an easy prey to the flames. Chief E. C. Seibert sent in another alarm, which brought additional apparatus to the scene. His men soon had a number of powerful engine streams in action. They had a stubborn blaze to handle, however, and at 10.30 Chief Seibert sent in a third alarm and at 10.42 a reserve alarm was sounded. This brought out the full equipment of the department, thirteen pieces of motor and twenty-two pieces of horse-drawn apparatus. Two American-La France and one Seagrave pumping engines did excellent work. Water tower, deluge sets and deck pipe were used to good effect; 16,050 feet of hose were laid to secure the 14 engine streams with nozzles at 1 1-3 inches and 2 inches diameter. A good pressure of 61 pounds was furnished by direct pumping and standpipe and 12-inch street mains made this pressure available at the 6-inch three-way hydrants, which stood 300 feet apart. The firemen confined the fire to the burning building after seven and one-half hours of work. At 6.30 a. m. the tap was sounded for fire out. The loss on the $250,301 worth of contents was kept down to $194,000. On the building worth $70,000 a $50,000 loss was reported.