Night Blaze in Rome.

Night Blaze in Rome.

Some time ago Rome, Ga., was visited with a serious night blaze which it took over 3 hours to control. The blaze broke out in the wholesale store of W. H. Cocker, at the corner of Broad street and Third avenue in the very heart of the retail business section of the city. It was a 4-story brick building unsprinklered and with no pretensions to being a fireproof structure. The whole fire department of the city was called out; but so rapid was the spread of the flames, which had made considerable headway before the apparatus arrived on the scene, that it was impossible to stay the course of the fire until the store of w. McGammons & Sons, next door, the 10-cent store and that of J. K. Holloway were destroyed or so badly damaged as to call for entire reconstruction. Other business places were more or less damaged by smoke and water. While the fire was at its height, both the side-walls of the Cocker building fell, and the rear walls were pulled down by the firemen, some of whom had a narrow escape, when the sidewalls collapsed. The apparatus on the ground consisted of two steamers and an aerial truck, besides hose wagons and reels. Between 2,000 and 3,000 ft. of hose were used, which stood the 90-lb. pressure well. There was plenty of water for the supply of the engines, the waterworks system being pumping to reservoir and direct and the 16-in. main in front of the building having sufficient capacity for all needs. The firemen had a hard time of it during the three hours that elapsed before the fire was got under; but finally they succeeded in preventing the spread of the flames, and saved the rest of the business section.

FIRE AT ROME, GA, 1, 2 AND 3 SHOW McGAMMON, HOLLOWAY AND COCKER BUILDINGS DESTROYED.

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