RECENT BIG FIRES
The following are among the important recent fires occurring in various sections of the country, which have been specially reported to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING:
Midnight Fire Burns Two Stories of Commercial Building in Moultrie
Breaking out in the middle of the night, with no one near to take note of the fact, fire in the Commercial Building, in the business centre of Moultrie, Ga., had gained such headway when a citizen gave the alarm at 11.40, that Chief G. B. Hunt saw he could do little to save the upper stories, and directed the energies of his department to confining the flames to the third and fourth floors and preventing the total destruction of the building. While the four-story building, 60 by 100 feet, was built of brick, being constructed in the style of buildings of 1912, as an office structure, the interior was lined with wood and filled with lath and plaster partitions, which proved an easy prey to the flames. The fire originated on the fourth floor, from which they quickly spread to the third floor, by way of the elevator shaft. When the firemen arrived, over half of the fourth floor was involved, and flames were beginning to come through the third floor windows. The apparatus at the fire consisted of one American-La France motor pumper and one ladder truck. Four hydrants were available, 300 feet apart, the nearest being shown in the illustration, that marked with an “X” being used for one of the two hydrant streams, and the hydrant marked with an arrow being set apart for one engine stream, of which there were two. The pressure was 60 pounds, and the hose laid amounted to 1,400 feet, with nozzle dimensions at 1 1/8 inch.
The street mains measured six inches. Considering the headway the flames had gained before the department’s arrival the small loss of $50,000 on a $150,000 building, and $20,000 on contents, valued at $300,000, was a remarkable record for the Moultrie firemen and shows quick and excellent work.