Lumber and Shingle Mills Burn at Seattle
The Bryant Lumber and Shingle Company, of Seattle. Wash., recently suffered a fire loss of about $80,000. The plant is located three miles north of the center of the city, and covers about 400 by 500 feet of ground space. The buildings which were of wooden frame construction were one and two stories in height and about ten years old. There were no partition walls that would serve as a fire retardent. It was about 9:53 p. m . w hen the watchman discovered smoke coming frm under the lath mill. He pulled the alarm box and got out a line of 2Vu-inch hose, but was unable to handle the stream alone. The flames could be seen a mile away when the lxvx came in. The fire is supposed to have started from a hot box. The buildings were equipped with steam pumps, mains hose, barrels, buckets and extinguishers. The first alarm at 10:01 p. m„ was responded to by one two-horse hose wagon and one three-horse light city truck, under command of Assistant Chief flodder. A second alarm was responded to by one thrcc-horse, third-size Metropolitan steamer, one thrcc-horse thirdsize Ahrens steamer, one two-horse hose wagon, one threehorse combination chemical hose wagon, one auto combination hose wagon, one auto chemical and one three-horse combination c h e tn ic a 1 truck, under command of Assistant Chiefs Clark and Mantor. The plant is located 30 feet below the street level and it was impossible to get the steamers down to the lake to take suction when the department reached tlte scene. The buildings were then completely enveloped in flames, w h i c h were spreading rapidly, but fortunately there was no wind at the time. In the vicinity were one flinch, two 2Mi-inch and one 4-inch hydrants. The hydrant pressure was 110 pounds, and with nozzles of lV6-inch and 1’4-inch, five hydrant and three steamer streams were played on the flames until they were subdued. An 8-inch main supplied the water, the system being gravity.