Kiln Burns in Chicago
A fire recently occurred in a dry kiln in Chicago and was confined to the building by the skilful work of Chief Thomas O’Connor.’ The fire started from an unkno.wn cause in the fan room of a one-story brick structure with brick outerwalls and partitions, covering an area of 200 by 150 feet. The building has a one line sprinkler system on the roof. The fire was discovered by an employee and the alarm was sent in by a citizen shortly after the fire was discovered. Chief O’Connor found considerable smoke and flames behind closed doors, which were difficult to open. He speedily had eighteen engine streams on the fire. Sixteen thousand feet of cotton, rubber lined hose, were used and four lengths burst during the fire. The apparatus in service at the fire included: Eighteen fire engines, four hook and ladder trucks, two fire boats and a Seagrave and an American-La France pumping apparatus. A Seagrave and an American-La France pumping engine both rendered good service. It was a difficult fire to fight because the fire travelled through the hot air passage to the kilns, but under Chief O’Connor’s direction the fire loss was kept down to $10,000 on the building and $30,000 on contents.