Matches Cause Heavy Lumber Damage

Matches Cause Heavy Lumber Damage

Chief Alexander Henderson, Kansas City, Mo.

Carelessness with matches is given as the cause of a disastrous fire in a large lumber yard in Kansas City, Mo., by Chief Alexander Henderson, of the fire department. The blaze occurred at 5:26 p. m., just outside of the business district in the King Lumber Company’s yards, covering a space of a quarter of a block. The fire was well under way when the first apparatus arrived, with Chief Henderson, who at once sent in a second alarm, as he saw he had a stubborn blaze on his hands. In all there were 72 members of the department at work, with one Ahrens-Fox, two American-LaFrance, and two Seagrave pumpers, three Velie hose cars, one Seagrave and one American-LaFrance aerials and one Velie city service truck. The only pumpers in actual service was one each of the Seagrave and American-La France, the others being returned to quarters. Two hydrant and eight pumper streams were used, some 6,300 feet of hose being laid. Before the fire was brought under control, several one-story negro dwellings in the same block were destroyed. The loss was estimated by Chief Henderson as about $85,113. The fire in the lumber burned for 28 hours before it was finally extinguished.

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