Sprinklered Losses in Chicago.
During the present month Chicago has suffered three heavy losses from fires in sprinklered buildings. Within the week ending October 17 there were burned the sprinklered Jenkins lumber plant at Blaine, Wash., with a total loss to insurance of $210,000; a sprinklered mill, belonging to the Rock Island Lumber company at Rock Island being burned on October 16, also with a total loss, besides the heavy damage to the sprinklered “A” mill of the Northwestern Consolidated Mining company at Minneapolis on the same day. Both the lumber losses were caused by serious fires which started in the lumber, outside the mill, and attained such headway that the sprinklers were unable to hold the fire. The Jenkins plant at Blaine had been shut down for a year, but sprinklers and watchmen were maintained, and the last report showed them to be in good condition. At Rock Island the sprinklered frame planer and brick woodworking factory were completely destroyed by a sweeping fire started in the closely piled lumber outside. The planer was equiped with Kane, Grinnell & Hibbard heads on a Grinnell dry-pipe system, and was graded at 70 per cent. The woodworking plant graded between 85 and 90 per cent, and was equiped with Kane, Hibbard & Walworth heads on a Grinnell dry-pipe system. At the Minneapolis mill the fire started outside the dust house and burned the outside and the roof, where the sprinklers could not he effective. The fire-loss was about $500, with a $10,000 damage from water.
The city council of Calais. Me., has filed a protest against the unsatisfactory system of water supply as furnished by the local waterworks company, due to the uncertainty of the St. Stephen well. Another source of supply may have to be found.