Officers’ Clothing Burned in Quartermaster’s Department Blaze
A fire that recently caused heavy loss in the clothing storehouse of Quartermaster’s department, U. S. A., at the army post near Douglas, Ariz., was started by an incendiary about 10 p. m. The building, which was of wooden construction one story high and a year old, covered a space 50 x 250 feet. Three hand hose reels and one chemical supplied private fire protection. Alarm was given by sentry as soon as the fire was discovered through flames issuing from the roof and hose was immediately brought into operation. The camp is outside the city limits but Chief W. J. Nemeck responded promptly to the message asking for help and found on arrival that the roof was almost entirely on fire. Six 4-inch double hydrants were available, 200 feet apart, with a water pressure of only 30 pounds. Twelve firemen and 200 soldiers were engaged and employed a Seagrave pumper and a Seagrave chemical combination. One engine stream and three hydrant streams were thrown at one time and 1,800 feet of hose were laid. The fire was subdued after 8 1/2 hours in the building of origin, after destroying all the contents, which were valued at $198,000 and consisted of furniture and army supplies. Many of the officers are said to have had clothing stored in the building, all of which was lost.