High School Damaged at Fargo

High School Damaged at Fargo

The Fargo Central High School, of Fargo, N. D., was recently damaged by fire, causing a loss of $55,000 on property valued at $143,000 and contents $10,000. The school is a three-story brick and wood structure, occupying a space 50 by 100 feet, with brick walls. The fire was caused by chemicals in the chemistry room and was discovered about 8 p. m. by a passing lady, who gave the alarm. Evening school was in session, with 175 students attending. One of the illustrations herewith shows the location of the chemistry room, where the fire started, and also the point at which C hief J. M. Sutherland, by efficient management, succeeded in stopping the fire, a large part of the building south of the point marked XX on the illustration remaining intact. When Chief Sutherland arrived he found the fire passing through the roof. He immediately placed six streams on the fire, one engine and the others hydrant streams. Six hydrants, a distance from 50 to 300 feet apart, with a pressure of 85 pounds, were available. Two thousand two hundred feet of cotton rubber-lined hose was used. The water was supplied by direct pumping and furnished good plug streams. Chief Sutherland handled the fire very skillfully and kept the fire from spreading. Fifteen firemen and the following fire apparatus were in service at the fire: One 65-foot aerial ladder, one city siervice truck, one sleigh with 1,200 feet of hose, one combination car with 1,250 feet of hose. The Atnerican-La France type twrive-comhination car with booster pump worked for four hours, doing excellent service.

Front View of the Central High School at Fargo, N. D., Before the Fire.Fargo High School, Showing Where the Fire Was Stopped.

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