Numerous Exposures Give Firemen Hard Fight at Blaze
Asheville, N. C., Department Confines Fire to Building of Origin —Warehouse Burns at Winchester, Ky.—Burnings of the Week
THE fire which occurred in the Emporium Building in Asheville, N. C., on July 25, according to an account furnished by Chief A. L. Duckett, was notable for the number of exposures which the firemen were confronted with in controlling the blaze. The building proper was 30 x 180 feet, three stories and basement in front and two stories and basement in rear, and constructed of brick and frame. It was an old building, having been built fully seventy-two years ago. The library building, which adjoined it on the north, was four stories with fourteen exposures on the Emporium side. The Legal Building was separated from the Emporium Building by only a ten-foot alley and had approximately fifty exposures, all wooden frame andi common glass. On the south side were brick buildings, occupied by clothing stores and also a large theatre, so it will be seen that the firemen had tbeir hands full in protecting these various adjoining buildings. The fire started on the first floor in the rear at 11:25 a. m. from an unkown cause, and spread so rapidly that three persons w’ere trapped on the second floor in the front before they had time to leave the building. Two of them, women, received slight burns about the arms and body and the other, a man, also received burns on his back and had a leg broken in jumping from a second-story window. He is still confined to the hospital. On the arrival of the fire department, consisting of fifty men under command of Chief Duckett, the entire first floor was found to be involved and the blaze spreading rapidly to the other floors. The apparatus in service were four type 75 American-LaFrance pumpers, one American-LaFrance 75foot aerial and one Seagrave combination Chemical and hose car. Eight 6-inch double hydrants were available, spaced about 300 feet apart, with a pressure of 110 pounds at the hydrants. Four hydrant and ten engine streams were thrown, with nozzles to 1J4 inches, the water mains being 6 and 10 inches in diameter. In all some 7,000 feet of hose were laid. In spite of the very bad exposure risks before enumerated, the fire losses were confined to the building of origm, which was valued at $420,000 and suffered a loss of $40,500. The contents, that of a department store, were valued at $256,000, suffered a loss of $59,500.