SIEBEN FIRE EXTINGUISHER TEST
What was practically a lake of oil 24 ft. in diameter and containing 1,200 bbls.—nearly 39,000 gal. of crude oil—was recently extinguished at Beaumont, Tex., by the use of Sieben’s chemical nozzle. Beaumont, it will be remembered, is the seat of the oil business in this country, and has suffered severely at different times from oil fires, some of which have caused great destruction of property, and all have been very difficult to extinguish, on account of the trouble of finding an efficacious means of fighting them. On this occasion, quite a number of oil men were got together to witness a test. The oil was set ablaze and made a fierce fire. Both flames and smoke seemed impossible to be got under, and for some time they were allowed their own way. After an interval, howevei, a chemical stream was thrown from the Sieben nozzle, and in 1 minute and 10 seconds the fire was out. This test, which was ndertaken under the auspices of the Fabric Fire Hose company, of Dallas, Tex., by former Fire Chef J J. Hussey, was witnessed bv many oil men and the chiefs of Beaumont and Houston fire departments, all of whom fully realised the extinguishing power of the Sieben nozzle. Ti is lake of fire was what is known as a ground-tank, whose surface equaled 1.200 bbls. of crude oil, to which water was added to as to intensity the heat. Besides the oil, there were in the lake several boxes and a quantity of timber—something of everything calculated to make a very hot fire. After the oil had boiled, the flames mounted 75 ft. in the air, and the smoke was visible 30 miles away—making just such a blaze as no fireman feels disposed to handle unless his equipment is quite up to the mark. That with a nozzle of the type used on this occasion even a worse fire is not to be dreaded was acknowledged by all who saw the one at Beaumont, which, as already stated, was completely extinguished in seventy seconds.
The accompanying illustrations show the lake of crude oil; the lake after it was set on fire; its appearance a few seconds after the word was given to extinguish the blaze; and the fire out one minute and ten seconds after the Sieben stream had been thrown upon it.