Heavy Loss in Contents of Indianapolis Building

Heavy Loss in Contents of Indianapolis Building

One of the growing industries of Indianapolis, Ind., recently suffered a serious setback in the fire which destroyed the Indianapolis Cordage Company’s factory, a two-story building of wood and metal construction, not yet completed, located in the extreme southern part of the city and occupying a space of about 100 x 400 feet. The fire started about 10:57 a.m. from electric wires, it was believed, and had involved the entire west half of the building when the department arrived, with Chief Tohn C. Loucks in command. Seven hydrants, 6 and 8-inch double, were available and were from 300 to 500 feet apart, with water pressure of 80 pounds from a direct pumping system. The street mains were 8 inches in size. The 51 firemen engaged, employed one Ahrens steamer, first size, one third size American-LaFrance and one Ahrens-Fox pumper, 800 gallons capacity. Five hydrants and six engine streams were thrown at one time from 1 1/8-inch nozzles, and 6,650 feet of hose were laid. The fire was placed under control in two hours, and the resulting loss amounted to $159,000 on the contents, which were sisal in bales, used for making binder twine, and were valued at $200,000. The factory, valued at $5,000, was wholly destroyed.

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