Hotel Destroyed at Sacramento
Chief C. W. Anderson, of Sacramento, recently handled a difficult hotel fire very successfully, confining it to the building. All the guests escaped, many being rescued by the firemen. The hotel property was an old brick warehouse rebuilt for hotel and market purposes about seven years ago and occupied a space 80 by 160 feet. The fire started in the basement from defective wiring and was discovered by the night clerk early in the morning and he notified the fire department over the regular fire alarm system. Chief Anderson found the smoke rolling heavily from the basement which was on fire. The smoke continued for about three hours before it broke into flames, making it difficult for firemen to fight the fire. Smoke helmets were used. Fourteen streams, twelve of which were engine, were used. Eight hydrants, about 360 feet apart, with a pressure of 40 pounds, were available. The water was provided by direct pumping and provided good plug streams. The following apparatus was in service: Two motor pumping
engines, four steamers, two trucks, one aerial and one service. The two motor pumping engines, one Ahrens-Fox, the other Seagrave, pumped twelve hours with excellent results. Eight thousand feet of Victor double cotton rubber-lined hose was used. While Chief Anderson and his men were fighting the fire through the dense smoke, an ammonia tank in the basement of the building, part of the refrigerating plant, exploded, rendering Chief Anderson and fifteen firemen nearly unconscious. Despite all the difficulties Chief Anderson worked so efficiently that he kept the fire from spreading to adjacent property. The losses were as follows : Hotel building, $75,000; contents of hotel, $7,000; grocery and produce shop, $50,000; meat market, $20,000; restaurant, $3,000; bakery, $500, and pool room, $3,000.