Milling Company’s Building Damaged
The building occupied by the Ladish Milling Company in the southeastern part of Milwaukee, Wis., according to a report furnished by Chief Thomas A. Clancy, was badly damaged on August 20 by a fire and explosion starting at 6:19 P. M., from an unknown cause, on the sixth floor of the building. The structure, which occupied a space of 90×180 feet, was seven stories in height and constructed of brick, having been built about thirty years. There were 184 men of the department in service at the fire under command of Chief Clancy, and the apparatus consisted of three steamers, six pumpers, two fireboats and six trucks. There were three 6-inch single hydrants placed about 400 feet apart and two cisterns available for fighting the fire, the pressure at the hydrants being forty pounds. There were thirteen engine and six boat streams thrown, with nozzles of from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches, the main being twelve inches. In all 11,550 feet of hose were laid. The department was badly hampered on account of there being no street in front of the building. When the firemen arrived, the fire was spreading to the seventh floor from the sixth, where it originated, and shortly after this when the fire reached a dust pocket an explosion ensued, sending sheets of flames skyward and imperilling the lives of several of the men who were in this part of the building. N’o one, however, was injured. After a two hours’ tight by the department, the fire was brought under control. The value of the property was $200,000 and the loss amounted to about $100,000.