Lumber Yard Blaze in Dubuque
Fire from an unknown cause attacked the property of A. A. Cooper in Dubuque, Ia., recently, and burned for twenty minutes after the fire was seen before an alarm was sdnt in. At 1.30 a. m., Assistant Chief D. Ahern, in command of about 50 firemen, reached the scene to find flames shooting into the air above an area a block square. After a two hours’ fight the last of the blaze was extinguished in the middle of the lumber yard in which it started. The damaged property was in the southeastern section of the city, occupying a site of about 3 acres fronting on a 60-foot thoroughfare. The building was of wood, one story in height, built about 30 years ago. It had no partition walls. Two steam engines and two motor pumping engines, a Robinson and an American-La France, were used and the latter were praised for good work by the officer in command. There were 6 six-inch double hydrants available, set about 320 feet apart, and with a water pressure of 100 pounds. Three hydrant streams and five engine streams were thrown. Four thousand feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were laid, fitted with 11/8-inch and 11/4-inch nozzles.