Milling Plant Fire at Kansas City, Kan.
The plant of the Southwestern Milling Company, at Kansas City, Kan., was destroyed by fire at midnight, October 11, with a total loss of $225,000, of which amount $160,000 was on the building and $65,000 on the contents, principally flour and machinery. The building, which was from four to six stories high, was built of brick, eight years ago, and covered two acres. The fire started on the top floor and was caused by a hot box. It burned eight hours. When the fire department arrived the fifth and sixth stories were in flames and a very high wind prevailed. Two steam fire engines, seven hose wagons and two ladder trucks were in service. The building was equipped with standpipes. Eire hydrants with 80 pounds of water pressure were available. Nine streams, with 5,000 feet of hose were used, also a deluge set. No hose hurst during the progress of the fire.