Mill Fire at Lake Charles
Lake Charles, La., had its worst fire since 1910 recently when a mill owned by the Hodge Fence and Lumber Company and leased to the Powell Lumber Company burned. A watchman discovered the fire at 10.15 p. m. and gave an alarm which brought No. 2 Company and Assistant Chief J. M. Herndon, who at once realized that the mill, which was all aflame, was doomed and sounded a general alarm, bringing Chief Baumgarten and all the available apparatus and a hard but successful fight was made to save the dry kilns and lumber yards. Ten firemen were present and a Seagrave combination wagon and an AmericanLa France ladder truck were in service. Three six-inch double hydrants were available and four hydrant streams were used. Nineteen hundred feet of hose were used. President W. P. Weber, of the lumber company, personally thanked the department for its work and sent it a check for $50. The mill was valued at $75,000.