Lumber Fire at Minneapolis
The lumber plant of the Bruer Bros, Lumber Company, at Minneapolis, Minn., was damaged by fire, October 1, with a loss of $90,000. The total value of the property was $100,000. The building was wholly and the lumber about half destroyed. The fire department was handicapped in its work by railroad tracks along one side of the property. The building was two stories, of frame construction. The fire started from an unknown cause, in the center of the building, at 7.50 p. m., and was burning throughout the building when the department arrived. The only fire extinguishing appliances on the premises were chemical fire extinguishers. The department had in service nine engines, a Nott triple motor combination, an American-La France auxiliary wagon, three ladder trucks and 14 hose wagons. Eighteen 1 1/8-inch streams through 15,400 feet of hose were on the fire. A direct pumping water system with 60 pounds pressure through eight 4-inch double hydrants on a 24-inch main furnished an abundance of water.