New Hampshire Lumber Plant Reduced to Ashes
Fire recently destroyed the lumber plant of the Berlin, N. H., Mills Company at a loss estimated at $300,000. The plant was situated in the northern part of the city and was 16 years old. It was constructed of wood and provided with a sprinkler equipment Sparks from an electric motor in the sawmill caught in inflammable material, and the flames spread so quickly that many of the men had to leap out of the windows to escape. The blaze was discovered at 3.30 p. m. by an employe, who caused an alarm to he given. When the department arrived, the fire had made great headway. From II double hydrants. 21 hydrant streams and two engine streams were thrown; the largest number of streams thrown at one time was 27. The size of the nozzles was 1 1/2 inches. A thousand men were thrown out of employment by the destruction of the plant. The barker mill, transformer house and several outbuildings, with a comparatively small amount of lumber, were lost. Help was called from Lewiston and Portland. Me.