Rochester Tobacco Factory Destroyed in Early Morning
The tobacco establishment of R. Whalen & Company in the manufacturing district of Rochester, N. Y., was recently destroyed by flames which originated in the third floor and was so far advanced that it had already spread over the three upper floors of the five-story structure when Chief Charles Little arrived in response to an alarm sent in over the Gamewell system when employees discovered the blaze at 8:40 a. m. The building was an old structure, erected 50 years ago, and constructed of brick and wood with brick walls and no partition walls. Chief Little had 150 men, twelve hose wagons, eleven engines, six trucks, one water tower, two supply wagons and one salvage corps company and 6,000 feet of hose. The department used two deluge sets, two turret pipes and a water tower pipe. Water was supplied by 8, 12 and 16-inch mains and plenty of hydrants were available and also races for suction. Pressures at the hydrants were 120 pounds on the Holly system and 50 pounds on the domestic. The fire burned three hours, the loss amounting to $40,000 on the building and $40,000 on contents. Chief Little and his department did good, hard work and prevented further spread of the fire, which burned three hours.