Log Butt Threatens Paper Mills at Hudson Falls

Log Butt Threatens Paper Mills at Hudson Falls

The Fennimore Mill of the Union Bag and Paper Company, at Hudson Falls, N. Y., was threatened by a fire which broke out in a pile of log butts, used in the manufacture of paper pulp. The mill is one of the largest in northern New York, and would have been a very serious loss to the company. The fire originated in the huge pile of logs, from sparks from an electric motor, at about 2:30 p. m., and before it was entirely extinguished burned five days. When Chief Richard M. Bloomer, of the Hudson Falls department, saw the dangerous nature of the fire he was called upon to handle, he at once phoned for assistance to outlying cities, and Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Fort Edward, Mechanicsville, Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy, Cohoes, Whitehall, N. Y., and Burlington, Vt., responded. There were in all about 300 firemen on the ground, and four double 6-inch hydrants were in use, about 200 feet apart. Owing to the widespread area of the fire and the height and extent of the butt piles, much difficulty was experienced by the firemen in reaching the heart of the fire. Twenty streams were thrown, three being hydrants, 10 engine, and a turret pipe also being in use. Nine streams were pumped from the river and mill canal. Besides the apparatus of the Hudson Falls department, there were in use one steam engine each from Glens Falls, Fort Edward, Mechanicsville, Whitehall and Burlington; one America-LaFrance motor pumper each from Schenectady and Cohoes and one Seagrave motor pumper from Troy. One of the engines pumped through 2,050 feet of hose. By hard work, the fire was confined to the butt piles, and the mill building was saved. The value of the logs was estimated at $1,250,000, and the actual loss was only $400,000.

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