Kanawha Engine Test.

Kanawha Engine Test.

The Oakland, Cal., Tribune gives the following particulars of the test of a Kanawha chemical engine by the Fruitvale fire department on April 17: “The new Kanawha chemical combination hose wagon was tested at a fire yesterday before Fire Commissioners E. L. Blackman, J. W. Bibby, Phil Blake, jr., Fire Chief A. K. Jacobson and a large crowd of spectators. A light frame building was constructed for the purpose on the Derby property on Fruitvale avenue, saturated with coal oil and set afire. The alarm was rung, and in two minutes the engine was on the scene. Flames from the wooden building were shooting skywards 25 ft. high when the engine arrived Chief Jacobson turned on the stream, and within thirty seconds from the first application of the chemical fluid the fire was completely extinguished. The engine cost the commissioners $1,550. It carries 1,000 ft. of hose, has a capacity of 50 gal. of chemical and is operated by compressed air.

Kanawha Engine Test.

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Kanawha Engine Test.

Last week a Kanawha chemical engine was tested at Wilmington. N. C., and proved a success. C. R. Ravnes had charge of the test, on behalf of the Kanawha Chemical Engine Manufacturing company, and the chemical engine belonging to the city was operated by Fireman John T. Yates, under the direction of Chief Schnibben. The test consisted in extinguishing tire in two small buildings fitted with excelsior and other inflammable material saturated with oil. The time of the two engines was: Kanawha engine, 16 seconds; city chemical engine. 29 seconds. Chemical used—Kanawha, 35 gal.; city chemical. 70 gal. The Kanawha engine was operated by compressed air.