Hotel Burned at Sioux Falls

Hotel Burned at Sioux Falls

The Anderson hotel at Sioux Falls, S. D., was recently destroyed by fire, several people narrowly escaping with their lives. The fire broke out about 2:30 a. m., and the fire department’s first task was to save the people in the hotel, who had become almost suffocated from smoke, Every means of escape save one had been cut off, and the task was difficult and dangerous. Having rescued the people, the departrmsit turned its attention to the fire and succeeded in confining it to the building wherein it started. A stiff wind was blowing at the time and the task of keeping the flames from spreading was a difficult one A correspondent writes: “In addition to this clipping, I wish to state that we used one three-way connection Hart turret nozzle, one Eastman deluge set and three 1 1/8-inch streams. On the turret nozzle we used a 1 3/8-inch tip, and on the deluge set a 1 5/8-inch tip. We had a nozzle pressure of from 85 to 90 pounds, and on figuring the total water thrown per minute, I find it to be about 3,000 gallons, making a total amount of water thrown during the five hours we were there, 900,000 gallons. The building was of brick venired, and was about half destroyed. If it had not been for the two big nozzles, we would not have been able to stop the flames until there was nothing to burn, for the common little streams were of very little account. The Hart nozzle is mounted on the big truck that was built by Chief Arendt last summer, and everything that is on it was constructed by himself (the Hart nozzle not included). It costs the city a total of $196, and can be sold to any of the cities around here for $2,000 or $2,500 any time; in fact some of them have offered to buy it at the above price.”

Chief Arendt has been a member of the Sioux Falls department for 25 years, and since his appointment as chief he has brought the organization up to a high standard of efficicnccy.

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