Picture Booth Fire at Woonsocket
In the Exchange building, on Main street, Woonsocket, R. I., was a moving picture booth two stories high, in which there unaccountably broke out a fire at 5 o’clock a. m. The building, which had not been put up at all recently and occupied a fairly large space, was of brick and stone, with no partition walls nor any sprinkler equipment or any special facilities for the escape of those who occupied the structure during the day. Internally, however, were some private fire extinguishers. The watchman, who discovered the fire, turned in a box alarm as well as one by telephone, which brought four hose wagons, two supply wagons, two hook and ladder trucks and their crews under Chief A. J. Cote. There was plenty of water and quite sufficient pressure to furnish 12 streams from the many 6-inch and double hydrants set around about, the ordinary pressure at which was 90 to 100 pounds. No engine streams were used, nor were any special fire tools employed, nor was the number of streams increased or lessened during the five hours that the fire lasted. The nozzles used were 1-inch, l 1/8-inch, 1 1/4-inch, and about 6,000 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose was laid, of which none burst during the fire. In front of the burned property was a fairly wide street, and the main of the gravity water system was 12inch. The fire was confined to the moving picture booth. The damage, which has not been reported, must have been considerable, both from the fire, which when the department arrived. Chief Cote described as “like a furnace,” and from water. The smoke, also, was very dense and acted as a hindrance to the operations of the firemen, as did likewise the smoke.