Sacred Heart Academy Near Louisville Completely Destroyed
Fire destroyed the handsome building of the Sacred Heart Academy, an institution conducted by Ursuline sisters in Jefferson county, near Louisville, Ky., recently. The Academy was threequarters of a mile from the city limits, and from one to three miles from the nearest fire apparatus, so that the fire was practically beyond control before the fire department under Chief Neuenschwander and Assistant Chief Fisher, arrived, in answer to an alarm telephoned from the convent. Another cause of this was the fact that the sisters and employees tried to extinguish the fire before turning in the alarm and thus lost valuable time. The fire originated from the carelessness of a plumber doing some repair work, the tinners’ furnace igniting some woodwork under the roof at the east end of the building at about 2.15 p. m. The fire was fanned by a high wind from the east and when the first apparatus arrived the entire roof was ablaze. There was only one six-inch double hydrant available and a small cistern, but the firemen managed to get seven good engine streams on the fire, using 2,500 feet of hose with nozzles ranging from ⅝ to 1 ⅛ inches. There was a pressure of 50 pounds. The apparatus present consisted of two Ahrens steamers, one Seagrave and one American-LaFrance service trucks, one Ahrens-Fox pumper, and there were 30 firemen at work. The fire burned about seven hours, and practically destroyed the buildings which occupied a space of ¾00 x 100 feet, three stories in height and were built of brick and studding. The buildings were valued at $175,000, and the contents at $50,000. The loss on buildings was $150,000 and on contents, $30,000.