Railroad Shops and Cars Burned
Twenty railroad cars and the paint shop of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company in Peru, Ind., were destroyed by fire recently. Chief T. M. Dowd said that the fire originated in the paint shop, a two and three story building, 12 years old, built of brick with tar-gravel roof and located in the southwestern part of the city where it occupied a space 200 square feet. In front of the damaged property an 8-inch main was laid. The fire, which started from a torch left burning, was discovered by an employe at 10 p. m., when a telephone alarm was turned in. The department. which was promptly on hand, found that the roof of the main building had fallen in. I he blaze was fought with one horse-drawn hose wagon and one automobile combination pump and hose wagon of the American-La France make. Box-cars formed an obstruction which hindered the department in their work. All of the fifty persons employed in the building were saved, but the loss was total, so far as regards the building itself and its contents. The flames were not stopped until they had consumed twenty cars, and it took three hours to perform the task. Two 6-inch double hydrants were available, distant from each other one block, with a pressure of 75 pounds. Four hydrant streams and two engine streams were thrown, the largest number thrown at one time being six. The nozzles employed were 1 1/4-inch. The water from the direct pumping system was sufficient to furnish good plug streams. Of cotton rubber-lined hose 2,850 feet were used. The value of the property destroyed was $100,000, and contents, consisting of supplies for shops and road offices, $6,000. The loss on both was total.