Some Thrills at a Guelph Fire
On two occasions during a fire in Guelph, Ontario, Can., according to a letter written by Chief Robert A. Knighton of the Guelph fire department, members of the department were led to believe that the buildings involved were occupied by sleeping tenants. In each case after considerable search it was found that the occupants had not been in the buildings during the night. Chief Knighton’s account of the fire follows:
“An early morning fire (at 2:45 a. m.) gave the Guelph, Ont.., fire department a busy time, and the interested public plenty of excitement when the frame buildings of the Guelph Rag & Metal Co., about 45 x 100 feet, were completely destroyed and contents severely damaged on the 6th inst. The adjoining house, occupied by the proprietor, was saved, as was also some frame buildings occupied as stable and storerooms. The horses were removed to safety with difficulty. The fire, which arose from an unknown cause, was discovered by the police, who immediately turned in an alarm and proceeded to search the house for supposed occupants. The house was found unoccupied, the owner having motored to Toronto the evening previous. An old wooden shack was also supposed to be occupied by one of the employes, and quite a thrill was experienced while the firemen, amid smoke and flame, were searching this building. The usual occupant, it was later found, had failed to sleep on the premises on the night of the fire (wise man). Two hydrants, spaced 250 feet apart, supplying four lines at 115 pounds pressure, through 2,050 feet of hose, had t.he effect of extinguishing what at first looked like a serious job. There was no difficulty in finding the fire as the heavens were illuminated when the call was turned in. The loss is estimated at $25,000. Cartridges stored in the front of t.he building and other noises from unknown causes reminded the boys of overseas experience, and had the apparent effect of infusing exceptional vim in accomplishing the desired results.”
The fire department of Fleishmanns, N. Y., has purchased a Stutz 750-gal. triple combination pumper.