Large Manufacturing Plant Burned
A fire which broke out recently in the Ford Manufacturing Company, Vandalia, Ill., caused a loss of over $150,000. The buildings, which occupied a space of 10 acres in the western part of the city, were one-story high and about 10 years old They were constructed of brick and partitioned with brick walls. The fire, which started in the southwest corner of the plant, was of unknown origin. A crew on the I. C. R. R. discovered it at 2:30 a. m„ and blew the fire whistle, which brought out the reserves. When the firemen arrived the building was in a blaze, being driven by a strong northwest wind. There were available six 4-inch double hydrants, scattered over the plant, The water pressure, as reported by Chief F. W. Gerichs, was fairly good for plug streams. Five hydrant streams were thrown, the largest number. The nozzles used were 2, IV* and 1-inch. 1 he width of the street in iront of the burned property is 60 feet, in which a 5-inch main is laid. The system of the water supply is standpipe and direct pumping. One thousand feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were used. The fire was stopped at the tar plant alter five hours’ work. I he nature of the contents destroyed was machinery and roofing paper.