Hotel Fire at Winnemucca
A fire, the cause of which is not known, occurred in the four-story Eldorado Hotel, at the corner of Bridge and Third streets, Winnemucca, Nev., recently, which totally destroyed the building. The fire was discovered by a porter at 11.50, who at once gave the alarm, which brought out the fire department, under Chief S. J. Lamb. The fire started in the basement of the hotel, in the furnace room, and was so far advanced when discovered that the hose provided on each floor could not be used. The building was 100×125 feet in area, the first story, about eight years old, being constructed of concrete, and the other two stories, added about two years ago, of brick. The department was not equipped with any apparatus, but soon had three good hydrant streams on the fire, from three 4-inch double hydrants, 300 feet apart, supplied by a 5-inch main. The nozzles in use were 3/4 to 1 inch, and the amount of hose laid was 1,700 feet. One of the firemen was injured during the fire, which burned four hours. The building was valued at $225,000, and the contents at $30,000, the loss being total in each case.
Owing to shortage of firemen in Oklahoma City, Okla., one fire station, iNo. 10, will have to be closed, and the men shifted to protect the business section. Resignations have been made faster than places can be filled by the civil service commission. Chief Ross M. Brooks attributes conditions to the city ordinance regulating the employment of firemen which states that to become an employe of the fire department, the applicant, it he passes the civil service examination, must have been a resident of this state for one year and of the city six months.