Railway Shed in Shreveport, La., Destroyed

Railway Shed in Shreveport, La., Destroyed

Fire of unknown origin occurred in the car repair shed of the Kansas City Southern Railway Company’s yards in the western portion of Shreveport, La., at 8 o’clock on the evening of July 11. The shed, built fourteen years ago, occupied a space 100×200 feet in dimensions, was twenty-five feet high and of wooden construction. The blaze was discovered by a negro employee who at once reported it to the yard clerk. When the latter rushed from his building to summon aid the entire structure was ablaze. He sounded the company’s fire alarm, and when Chief O’Brien and thirty of his fire-fighters arrived on the scene they found that in spite of the fact that the company’s fire brigade had manned the fire pumps and were playing several streams on the burning structure, the fire was still burning fiercely and it required two hours and fifteen minutes of hard work on their part to bring the fire under control. Three triple combination pumpers and tw.o combination chemical and hose cars were brought into service. Two hydrants inside the yard and one outside were available. ” Five engine streams, with 1 1/4-inch nozzles, were thrown, the street mains being 6-inch. Four lengths of the 3,000 feet of hose used burst. The shed, valued at $100,000, was completely destroyed. The loss on the forty-nine cars destroyed and the nineteen damaged amounted to $80,000, while the loss on the contents of the shed, workmen’s tools, company’s tools and office supplies, was $20,000. The blacksmith shop was damaged to the extent of $5,000. In all the damage amounted to $205,000. One fireman was slightly injured.

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