Ontario Firemen Fight Fire Under Difficulties

Ontario Firemen Fight Fire Under Difficulties

The plant of Robert Duncan & Company at Hamilton, Out., was recently destroyed by fire, involving a loss of over $50,000. This is a printing plant, located on York and James streets and covers a ground space of 59 x 56 x 32, is three stories high and was built of brick about thirty years ago. About 8:20 a. m. flames were discovered in the furnace room. It is supposed that they were caused by gas blowing open the furnace door and permitting the flames to ignite the surrounding woodwork. A telephone alarm was sent in at 8:27 a. m. and responded to by one Waterous engine, two ladder trucks, one motor combination chemical and hose cart, four horsedrawn combinations and two hose wagons. The tire was burning fiercely when the department reached the scene, giving the impression that it had been burning some time before being discovered. In the immediate vicinity are located twelve 6-inch, 2 and 3-way hydrants. The department ran out 4,350 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, and with a 75 pound pressure at the hydrants nine plug streams and one steamer stream were soon at work. The department used nozzles of 1 1/8 and 1 1/4 inches. The task of getting at the flames was very lifficult on account of the building being located in the center of a block surrounded by a 12-foot alley and a 25-foot court. The water pressure was sufficient for engines, but only moderately good plug streams could be maintained. The building was without fire-fighting equipment except water buckets. Despite the efforts of the department, the flames jumped across the narrow alley and ignited a four-story building used as a book, stationery and wall-paper house, and a four-story building used as a piano store. The buildings, which were valued at about $40,000, sustained a loss of only $10,000, but the contents were valued at $47,000, upon which the loss is estimated at $41,000.”

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