Joliet Has Store Fire

Joliet Has Store Fire

A two-story business block at Joliet, Ill., burned nearly to the ground on November 30. The structure covered the space of 150 feet square, and was two stories in height. The building was erected 15 years ago of brick and wood with one brick partition wall. The fire started in the garage in connection with the building, from a gasoline explosion at 3.00 p. m. After burning 10 hours, it was finally stopped in the storage house. Eight people were employed in the basement of the building and all were badly scorched. There was no private protection on the property nor any special means to save lives. When the apparatus arrived the whole front of the building was out and the interior burning like a furnace. Thirty-five firemen responded along with one Robinson pumper, one Robinson ladder truck, one La France steam engine and five hose wagons. The Robinson pump was the only motor pumper on duty and, according to Assistant Chief Rudy, did excellent work. F’ive 6-inch double fire hydrants, 300 feet apart were used. The water pressure at the hydrants was 50 pounds. Three hydrant streams and three engine streams were thrown at one time employing t%- and 1-inch nozzles. One 8-inch main on the street furnished thc’supply. Five thousand feet of hose were used of which only one length burst. One Eastman deluge set was put in service to throw a heavy stream from a distance. The water supply of Joliet is of the direct pumping system, and good pressure was maintained throughout the fire. The value of the building and contents at risk amounted to $375,000, while the total loss was only $900,000. The nature of the contents made it an especially hard fire to manage, for the building was filled with automobiles and household furniture. The fire had nothing to blockade it in the passage ways and it passed quickly through the entire structure. Assistant Chief T. J. Rudy was in charge, and the fact that the building was not entirely destroyed reflected greatly upon his ability in handling the situation.

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