Night Fire Destroys Pumping Plant in Flint

Night Fire Destroys Pumping Plant in Flint

The fire department of Flint, Mich., under the command of Edward H. Price, received an alarm over the telephone at 11.05 P. M., announcing a fire in the building occupied by Edward Sterner Plumbing Company, in the center of the business section. On the arrival of the department the basement of the three-story brick building and the rear of the first and second stories were found to be a mass of flames. The fire-fighting force present numbered sixty men and the apparatus consisted of four American-LaFrance motor pumping engines, one American-LaFrance aerial truck and one Seagrave service truck. According to Chief Price there were plenty of six-inch double hydrants available with a distance of about 300 feet between them and the pressure at the hydrants was 60 pounds, 12 engine and one hydrant streams being thrown, with nozzles of 1, 1 1/4 and 1 1/4 inches, the amount of hose laid being 6,500 feet. After a four-hour fight the fire was stopped at a fire wall built at each end of the building. The value of the property was $80,000 with a loss on the building of $21,903; and the value of the contents, wholesale plumbing supplies, with a furniture warehouse on the upper floor, was $346,870 with a loss of $124,182.

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