Maysville Pumping Station Burned
A fire supposed to have arisen from an overheated motor completely destroyed the city pumping plant at Maysville, Ky. The blaze was discovered by the night watchman who was on his way to the pumphouse to shut off the pumps. The interior of the building was then well alight. He turned on the fire alarm whistle, which was quickly responded to by the department. By that time, however, the fire had gained too great headway to be checked, and the best that could be done was to confine the flatties to the one building, of which only part of the walls remained, and these were in such a condition as to call for their being immediately pulled down. The motor which probably caused the fire drove the triplet pump which raises the water to the tower. It was suspended front the ceiling, and all the indications round it seetned to show that the lire started there. It worked all right up to 2 o’clock a. m., when the house was closed up. The fire was discovered at 5 o’clock a. m. There were three pumps in the building, which was of frame construction. Fortunately they were not badly damaged, and the other two motors can be rewound. The flames reached almost to the top of the large steel tank. If the fire had taken place a few years ago, the tank must have come down, as it was of wood. The pumps being partially disabled left the city short of water and in bad case if a fire should start.