Napa Firemen Prevent a Conflagration

Napa Firemen Prevent a Conflagration

With her usual good luck Napa, Cal., narrowly escaped a disastrous conflagration recently, when, a few hours after a high north wind had subsided, a fire broke out in the Napa Hotel. And the good luck mentioned was greatly aided and abetted by the efficiency of Napa’s fire department, which never showed to better advantage. For in spite of the fact that the fire was between the walls of the big frame structure and very hard to reach, Napa’s valient fire boys, under the direction of Chief Otterson, by persistent and determined efforts finally brought it under control and subdued it. In describing the fire Engine Driver W. H. Benton says: “The building is a three-story frame structure 60 x 120 feet, and the fire started in the second story from a defective flue. It burned through the side walls to the attic, the floor of which is about three feet from the tin roof. We managed to get one line of hose into the attic through the roof and a chemical line through the ceiling. About 150 gallons of chemicals were used and 2,500 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose was laid. We had to pump for nearly two hours and a half at a pressure of 200 pounds through three lines before the flames showed any signs of yielding. Our department consists of one Nott steamer, one Seagrave auto combination hose and chemical, and a horseJrawn hose wagon. The Nott steamer is also horse-drawn. There are five full paid and five part paid men in the department. We need a city service truck very badly, as we are shy on ladders, and those we have are short.”

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