High School Fire in Birmingham
The central high school, a building 200 x 100 feet and four stories in height, was totally destroyed by fire recently. The structure was 15 years old and was constructed of brick with partitions of the same material. The fire was discovevered at 2:35 a. m. by some soldiers passing in an auto, who telephoned an alarm. On the arrival of the firemen the entire building was found to be involved, and it was evident to Chief S. A. Middleton that it was doomed. The apparatus consisted of three triple combination Seagrave pumpers, one steamer and five hose wagons, and one AmericanLaFrance combination. One turret and one deluge set were utilized during the fire. There was a pressure of 80 pounds, and 6,900 feet of hose were laid. Two hydrants and 13 engine streams were played on the fire and after seven hours’ hard work the firemen won the day and the fire was under control and confined to the building of origin, which was practically destroyed. The value of the property was $125,000; loss, $100,000. On contents, valued at $25,000, the loss was $20,000.