Rain Helps East Providence Department in Fighting Fire
The filtration plant of the Nonnabo Chemical Company at East Providence, R. I., was, on July 13, destroyed by fire which also threatened to damage several neighboring buildings. A heavy shower was falling at the time of the fire, and this, combined with the excellent work of the department, of which C. H. Simmons is chief, prevented the flames from spreading to these buildings. Lieutenant W. Reynolds was in command at this fire. The destroyed building occupied a space of 240 by 30 feet, was 3 stories high and was constructed of wood. The fire started at 2.30 p. m., and spread rapidly, so that upon the arrival of the department the building was ablaze from end to end, and the fire was already beyond control. There were 32 firemen at the blaze, and the equipment consisted of one pumping engine and 4,400 feet of hose. Five 6-inch, double hydrants were available for service, at which there was a pressure of 135 pounids. The hydrants were located from 50 to 100 feet apart. The loss on the building amounted to $10,000, while that on the contents, consisting of machinery for making gun-cotton, cotton, and acids, was $40,000. The Nonnabo Chemical Company showed its appreciation of the skillful work of the department by sending to the Town Council a check for $200 payable to the order of the East Providence Fire Department Mutual Benefit Association, accompanied by a letter in which the company thanked the department for the effective service rendered in extinguishing the fire. The letter contained the following high compliment for the members of the department: “We feci that had it not been for their trained service, the fire loss might have easily been much greater than it was. The cool judgment and trained efficiency of this organization as shown at the fire would do credit to any large city fire department.