Theatre Destroyed in Des Moines

Theatre Destroyed in Des Moines

Chief Will Burnett Des Moines, Ia.

The Princess Theatre in West Fourth Street, Des Moines, Ia., a two-story brick structure, some 60 by 132 feet in dimensions, caught fire from an unknown cause, in the early morning on May 15, according to an account furnished by Chief Will Burnett of the Des Moines, Ia., fire department. The fire originated in the basement of the building and it took an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. Tine alarm was received at 3:35 a. m. from box 23 and Chief Burnett with 100 members of the fire department of Des Moines answered the alarm and found the entire basement involved when they arrived and spreading to the floor above.

The only means provided to save life in the building were fire escapes on the exterior, but as at the early hour at which the fire started there was no one in the structure, there were no casualties. The department, however, confined the blaze to the basement and the first floor of the building using six hydrant and two engine streams with a pressure of 90 pounds from the six-inch double hydrants available. Some 4,500 feet of hose were laid, with nozzles of 1 1/4 inches, the street main being 12 inches in diameter, good pressure being supplied by the water department from a direct pumping system. The loss on the building, which was valued at $165,000 was $49,307, and that on the contents at 32,721, was $23,314.

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