Pottery Fire at Portland, Me.
Patrick H. Flaherty, of Portland, Me., writes as follows concerning the recent destruction of the Windslow pottery store in that city: “The Windslow & Company pottery storehouse was about 175 x 66 feet in dimension, two stories high and was built of wood about 25 years ago. When the fire broke out about 3.39 a. m., an alarm was sent into the department on the Gamewell system. The fire department responded with 9 Amoskeag engines, 1 Hayes aerial truck, 2 ladder trucks, 3 combination and one chemical wagon. Upon their arrival the flames were found to he burning fiercely on the two floors. At a glance t was seen that the fire was of threatening proportion, as many small wooden buildings were near. About 10,000 feet of cotton rubb’r-lined hose was laid, and although but two hydrants were available, these being of the Matthews post type located at least 1)00 feet apart, the firemen went to work with determination of confining the flames to the building where they started. The width of the street at this point is 20 feet, but carries a 12-incli water main furnishing a hydrant pressure from 60 to 70 pounds. This enabled us to work 10 steamer streams with 1 ¼-inch nozzles for full eight hours, at the end of which time the fire was practically extinguished. At the hour 3.38 a. m. there were no persons in the building, although during the day 175 men were employed. It was estimated that the total loss was about $75,000.