Latest Fire Items.
The new combination hose and chemical wagon has been placed in commission at Latonia, Ky.
The new chief of the Port Arthur, Out., fire department is James Armstrong, of the Toronto department.
The date of the annual tournament of the North Carolina Firemen’s association, which meets in Wilmington, has been set for June 16 to 19.
At Hope. Idaho, a Sunday morning fire destroyed six residences and badly damaged a seventh uninsured. Total loss, $10,000. Flames spread rapidly from the Horton home.
At Streator, Ill., the firemen from the chief down, have petitioned council for an advance in salary. The report of Chief Owen shows a total loss for the year of $11,758.23.
In accordance with his new plans for operai ing the Williamsport, Pa. department. Chief Stryker is having all fire plugs flushed, and is continuing his inspection of buildings.
Efforts are being made at Hazelton, Pa., to pass an ordinance giving the chief of the department a salary of $22 per year, none being received by him up to the present time.
During recent tests of new apparatus at Cleveland, Ohio, Chief Wallace refused to allow’ the firemen to ascend the 85-ft aerial ladder, claiming that he did not approve of risking their lives unneessarily.
The per cent, of fires extinguished by chemical engines in Boston and Baltimore was 55 per cent, and 70 per cent, respectively, instead of 70 per cent, and 55 per cent, as some papers had it.
At Canastota, N. Y., the First Methodist church, a handsome building, was burned to the ground by an early morning fire. The evening before there had been a lecture, and it is supposed the fire had been smouldering all night.
F’ire at Childress, Tex., destroyed the machine, blacksmith and boiler shops of the Fort Worth & Denver road. Sixteen boxcars were burned and several locomotives were damaged. The loss is $200,000.
The newspapers had it that the Shaw building at Houston, Tex., w’as destroyed by fire and that two women perished. Only the upper story was burned out and one man’s leg was broken. There w’ere no other casualties.
The old plant of the Omaha Packing company at South Omaha, Neb., was destroyed by a night fire together witli 3,000,000 lb. of meat with a total damage of $500,000. The old plant was used principally for the storage of meats. The ice plant was also destroyed.
In the test of the recipients of the Carnegie medal for life-saving, no fireman was so honored for good work at first. But two received silver medals for saving a man from drowning at Niagara Falls, N. Y. The medalists were Thomas Conroy and J. H. Bates.
At Victoria, B. C., considerable damage was done by fire to the oil-bleaching factory and slip at Narrow Cut creek whaling station of the Pacific Whaling company on Kyuquot sound. Although a very fiery place, there was no kind of protection in sight.
At Cuba, N. Y., an explosion in Phelps & Sibley company’s flour mill almost completely wrecked the plant and badly shattered the Pennsylvania railroad stationhouse. It is thought that the cause was spontaneous combustion. The loss was $15,000. The Pennsylvania railroad stationhouse suffered almost as much.
Bids for 6,000 feet of hose have been received at Peoria, Ill. from the following companies: Multiple Woven Hose and Rubber company;
Charles W. O’Neill Plumbing and Heating company, local; Acme Rubber company of Trenton, X. }.; New York Belting and Packing company; Manhattan Rubber Manufacturing company; Boston Woven Hose company; Eureka Fire Hose company and the Gutta Percha Rubber company, of New York.
The work of installing fire-extinguishers and fire gongs in the public school buildings of Pittsfield, Mass., has been completed. A fire extinguisher has been placed on each floor of every building in the city. The extinguisher contains sufficient fluid to quench an ordinary fire, while the gongs are so arranged that they can be sounded from all floors. This work was done in accordance with a vote passed some time ago by the school committee.