Mills Destroyed in Sheridan, Wyo.
Spontaneous combustion was the cause assigned for the fire which recently destroyed the flour mills of the Denio Milling Company in Sheridan, Wyo. The property consisted of a mill and elavtors, 100 x 160 feet and warehouses 75 x 100 feet, of brick and wood construction, situated in the warehouse district on a 50-foot street. The mill was three stories high and the fire started in the top story about 11 :30 p. m. The top of the mill was a mass of flames when the department, under command of Chief M. J. Troyer, arrived, and according to the testimony of the chief, the men were hampered from the beginning by the lack of adequate pressure water from the gravity system. The eight men engaged used one Seagrave chemical combination and one Reo hose truck and laid 2,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, throwing streams from 1-inch nozzles. Three 4-inch double hydrants were available, at a distance of one and two block and were supplied by 4and 6-inch mains. The department did everything possible with the very limited resources at its disposal, but found it could not stop the fire, fed by the most combustible material and the property, valued at $150,000 was a total loss. The contents, grain and mill products, were valued at $120,000 and the loss was $110,000. The inflammable nature of the plant can be judged from the fact that only three hours were needed to destroy the whole and the illustrations give a very good idea of the total destruction of the mills.