Minneapolis Grain Elevator Burned
Fire originating from cause unknown started recently in the Diamond Grain Elevator, Minneapolis, Minn., about 8:12 p. m., and was so far advanced when the department, under First Assistant Chief Sandy Hamilton, arrived that all efforts to control it were useless. The building was entirely of wood construction, 200 x 200 and five stories high, with no fire protection on the premises. Three motor and two steam engines, two motor and two horse drawn trucks, and a water tower, besides three turret pipes, were employed by the 200 men engaged, with eight six-inch double hydrants available, 330 feet apart. Twenty engine streams were thrown at a time and 18,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were laid, but all the skill and energy of the department did not avail to bring the fire under control, owing to the inflammable nature of both building and contents. The elevator was valued at $16,800, and the stock feed that filled it, at $38,200, and both were a total loss.