Store Fire at Goshen

Store Fire at Goshen

Fire that originated from an unknown source in the front of the basement of the two-story brick building at No. 114 South Main street, Goshen, Ind., recently occupied by the News Bookstore and the News Printing Co., wrought damage roughly estimated at $1,800 in property valued at $62,000. The fire, caused by a defective chimney, originated on the first floor of the two-story brick and wood building at 8.30 A. M. When discovered it was feeding on a large stock of wall paper piled in racks and making rapid progress. An unsuccessful attempt was made to extinguish it with buckets of water byemployees but they were driven back by the dense smoke. A telephone to the water works brought the first box alarm some 15 minutes after the tire was discovered. When the department reached the building it was filled with smoke. It was impossible for a time to locate the seat of the fire because of smoke. Three hours were necessary to obtain complete control of the fire. For a long time the firemen labored heroically and it seemed as if the building was doomed to destruction. There was scarcelyany fire to be seen, but the smoke issued in great volumes and made it an utter impossibility to enter the structure. The very best services possible were rendered by both the paid and volunteer firemen under the direction of Chief John Snoburger. One hose wagon with 2,000 feet of hose had 5 hydrant streams on the fire. Water was provided by a direct pumping system through a 12-inch main with 6 double hydrants 400 feet apart. The water pressure was 60 pounds.

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