Lumber Mill at Duluth Totally Destroyed by Fire
Fire in the early morning recently destroyed the Alger Smith Lumber plant, mills and yard, at Duluth, Minn., causing a total loss of about $115,000. The two-story wooden plant is located on the west side of the city. Flames were sweeping through the building and through the roof when the department, in command of Chief C. W. Wilson, arrived in response to a box alarm sent in at 12.35 a. m. The weather was 24 degrees below zero, and the delay was caused by the necessity of cutting through the 18-inch ice in. the bay to draft water. The one available 6-inch single hydrant was 300 feet from the building. With twelve engine streams at work and 6,400 feet of hose laid, 100 firemen worked for four hours aaginst great odds. The contents of saw mill was a total loss, as well as the building and stock. A good equipment of apparatus was in service—four Amcrican-LaFrance motor pumpers, working well. Besides these, there were two steam engines, four triple combination cars, two hose wagons, aerial motor truck, service motor truck and a combination motor chemical and hose car. Cause of fire is unknown.