Sawmill Fire in Portland
The Rice & Render sawmill, occupying two acres in the extreme southeast corner of Portland, Ore., and from three to five miles distant from fire stations, was the scene of a fire that swept so quickly through the one-story main building that it had already fallen in when Acting Battalion Chief H. Johnson arrived with forty firemen and two American-La France 750-gallon motor pumping engines, one Seagrave city service truck, one motor hose company, one horsedrawn hose company and a volunteer hose company. The department did good work and saved the dry kiln and the lumber in the yard from being burned, and keeping the losses down. Two city and four private hydrants were available, and Battalion Chief Johnson promptly had five engine streams and four hydrant streams on the fire, which was extinguished in two hours. The fire started in the boiler room, being caused by sparks in a fuel conveyor, and it was discovered at about 7:45 p. m. Telephone and box alarms were sent in. Water was furnished by an 8-inch main and 4,500 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were in use. The contents of the building consisted of machinery and lumber.