Hotel Fire at Winchester.
In the central portion of Winchester, Ky., occupying a space of 75×100 ft. stood the 4-story, Lrick Court View hotel, an unsprinklered building that had been erected fifteen years and was well known to visitors to the city. A fire, the origin of which is unknown, broke out in the rear kitchen, and when the department under A. R. Baldwin came upon the scene, the whole structure was ablaze, showing that the flames had made great headway before they were discovered. The department used direct-pressure from the waterworks, the engine-pressure being 120 lb. Fire hydrants, two 4-way and three 2-way, and no steamers were employed, the hydrant pressure being 95 lb. These threw seven 2-in., nozzle streams at one time, the nozzles employed, including 2 of the Eastman style, being 3½-in., 2½-in., 1¾-⅛ and 2 of 1-in. The hydrants were set on two 2-in. mains, a 6-in., an 8-in. and a 12-in. main, the width of the street in front of the burning building being 60 ft. Two thousand feet of rubber double cotton-jacket, where laid, of which not one length burst. The waterworks system (pumping direct) kept up an ample supply to furnish good plug streams. The total loss amounted to $25,000. on which was an insurance of $6,500—$5,000 on the building and $1,500 on the contents, which consisted of furniture and the like. The fire department did very good work, but was called too late tq be of any service.