STERLING BLOCK FIRE WINNIPEG.
A correspondent of this journal at Winnipeg, Manitoba, writes: That a fire that broke out in the Sterling block, did not extend beyond the building, is due to the excellent work of the fire force and the abundant supply of water available. The building in which the fire occurred, known as the Sterling block, was a six-story structure, 50 feet front. 120 feet deep, with a 20foot alley in the rear. Opposite this building were two large retail furniture houses, connected, on the third and fourth stories with the Sterling block by a frame structure. This according to our correspondent, was the danger point, which, owing to the fact that the fire was in the heart of the furniture district and its spread certain to prove disastrous, the firemen fought hard to defend. As the temperature was 30 degrees below zero and the water froze as it fell, the fight was not by any means an easy one. There were three hydrants, with 250 pounds pressure and four domestic service hydrants, with 80 pounds pressure, available and in all 17 streams from V/ to l>4-inch nozzles were used, including that from the water tower. The hose was taken to the top of an adjoining three-story building and operated from there with excellent results, and 2-inch streams were directed from turret nozzles on hose wagons, as shown in the accompanying illustration. An immense volume of water was thus provided and by its judicious use the fire was confined to the three upper stories of the Sterling block. At latest accounts the loss caused was estimated at $40,000 on the building, and $22,000 on the contents, aresult which, under the circumstances must be regarded as very creditable to the Winnipeg firemen and warranting public confidence in the fire protection the city enjoys. The illustrations show the block on fire and a stream being thrown across the street into the upper stories. Two interesting pictures of Winnipeg firemen at work on a ladder, and others controlling large streams. A view of the testing of mains is also shown. These illustrations were made from photographs especially made for this journal.