Springfield Plant Bums
A brisk two-hour fire at the plant of the Striffler Ice and Coal Co., Springfield, Ill., threatened the destruction of property valued at $250,000. The building, which covers an area of 157 by 170 feet, is of wood, ranging from two to four stories in height, and without partition walls. It is of recent construction and housed ice, cork and sawdust. Fire was discovered by the fireman at the plant, who phoned an alarm at 7.55 p. m. When the department of 20 men and 5 pieces of apparatus arrived the fire was blazing fiercely, swept by a wind of 45 miles an hour. This gale somewhat handicapped the firemen at first, but they soon overcame the flames and directed their efforts with good results. Assistant Chief Matt Cullen was in command in the absence of Chief Jacobs. The apparatus in service was as follows: An Ahrens-Fox “second” steamer, 2 motor pumpers, an American-LaFrance triple combination machine and a Robinson pump. With this equipment six engine streams were secured and 4,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose laid. The pressure of 35 pounds in the 6-inch street main was furnished by direct pumping. A better pressure would have helped the efforts of the department men, who worked two hours until they stopped the fire at the roof of the fourth floor. There was no loss whatever on the contents, while the building, estimated to be worth $150,000, was damaged to the extent of about $8,000. Defective wiring is given as the cause of the fire.