Lumber Yard Fire at Miami

Lumber Yard Fire at Miami

A loss of $48,000 was sustained recently by the McDonald Lumber Company and the Henderson Lumber Company at Miami, Fla., when fire destroyed their lumber yards. The fire started in a building that was full of sash and doors and had gained a good start before the department was called. It was one story, 40 by 60 feet and of pine construction. The firemen were in charge of Assistant Chief Morford and Captain Coleman, in the absence of the chief. There was about $600,000 at risk. The lumber piles were doomed and ten streams which were employed were played on surrounding buildings confining the flames to the lumber yards. The apparatus in use included one La France second size steamer and one 750-gallon pumper, also of La France make. Six 6-inch hydrants of the city system were available and two from a domestic system. About 6,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were used, with 1 1/4-and 1 1/2-inch nozzles. The pressure from the direct pumping system of the municipal supply was 100 pounds. Three of the 26 firemen were hurt but no lives were lost. A check for $75 and a letter of appreciation and congratulation was received by the department from the McDonald Company following the fire. In their letter addressed to Chief Chase the McDonald Company said: “No set of men with the conditions existing could in our opinion work more energetically or conscientiously in saving property than yours. The city of Miami is to be congratulated on having an organization such as yours for the protection of its property.”

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