Packing Plant Fire at Alexandria
Owing to the late discovery of a fire at Alexandria, La., a short time ago, the department was unable to save the buildings occupied by the Achille-Bauer Co., and the Swift packing plant from complete destruction along with their contents of meat, lard, groceries, flour, soap, etc. Upon the prompt arrival of Chief P. A. Neff he found that the ends of both buildings had collpased and were totally enveloped in flames. Chief Neff, and his men, however, succeeded in preventing the flames from spreading. The destroyed buildings, constructed of wood about ten years ago, were one story high and together occupied a space of 50 by 100 feet. The fire started in a nearby stable early in the morning and was discovered by a watchman. The fire burned for over 11 hours and was finally stopped near the front of the buildings. The destroyed buildings were together valued at $1,500 and their contents at $55,000. The loss was total. Four hydrants, situated about 300 feet apart, were put in use and there was a pressure of 100 pounds at each. Eighteen firemen worked at the fire and had 1,700 feet of hose in service. Four hydrant streams were thrown, the nozzles used being 1 1/4 inch. The nearby water main was 6 inches in diameter, and the water supply system, direct pressure. Two American-La France hose wagons, one Seagrave motor combination and one motor truck were in service at the fire.