Incendiary Causes Loss in Richmond, Ky.

Incendiary Causes Loss in Richmond, Ky.

The city of Richmond, Ky., recently suffered for a period of some ninety days from the depredations of a firebug and at least $150,000 worth of property was destroyed during that period. The state fire marshal of Kentucky sent detectives to the city to try to run down the offender or offenders. One of these fires occurred in the Soaper Planing Mills and Lumber Company’s plant, the D. E. Belue’s general store and the adjoining property, occupying fully a half square of the city. The height of buildings was one to three stories, the buildings being of frame construction and having been built for about twenty-five years. The fire, originating under the office of the planing mills plant, was seen by a fireman at 2:45 A. M. It had attained considerable headway when the department arrived, and the building of the Soaper Company was pretty well involved. There were thirty men at the fire with one American-LaFrance, and four 6-inch hydrants were available, spaced about 500 feet apart, with pressure of 100 pounds at the hydrants Six hvdrant and one engine streams were thrown with nozzles of one inch and supplied by 12-inch water mains. The number of feet of hose laid was 1,800. The value of the property destroyed was $50,000, it being a total loss; and the contents, valued at $30,000 and consisting of lumber, clothing, ladies’ furnishings, music and the contents of a dentist’s office, suffered a loss of about two-thirds of its value.

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Incendiary Causes Loss in Richmond, Ky.

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