Store Fire at Rich Hill, Mo.
The two story Cowles-McKibben building at Rich Hill, Mo., occupied by the J. W. Dixon hardware and furniture store, farming implements, vehicles, etc., was recently burned out. When the only hose company in the town, commanded by Chief William Vodry, reached the fire the building was entirely in flames. With three streams the department succeeded in confining the fire to the building in which it originated. The building was constructed of brick 33 years ago, was 50 by 100 feet in dimensions and was without partition walls and no fire equipments. The loss of $22,000 was total on boih building and contents. The direct pumping water system with ten-inch mains furnished a pressure of 55 pounds. Four 6-inch double hydrants located from 100 to 800 feet apart were in the vicinity, and with 900 feet of hose three very effective streams were used.