Series of Mishaps and Delays Cause Bad Fire in Ohio Company’s Establishment —Other Ohio Fire and Water News

AN example of what might happen to any industrial plant located outside of a city’s corporate limits was illustrated in a recent fire at Toledo, Ohio. The fire occurred about 2 p. m. on March 29 at the plant of the U. S. Malleable Castings Company. The cause was probably the falling of a spark on the frame side of a roof house. The flames were fanned by a thirty-mile an hour wind and soon spread beyond control. First aid consisted of a 45-gallon chemical tank on wheels, and with hose, but on account of weak water pressure, it was impossible to prevent the spread of the fire. An alarm was turned in to the city fire department, but the nearest department was answering another call. A company located farther away responded, but was held up eight minutes at a grade crossing. By the time of its arrival, the entire roof was burning. Weak water pressure and a lack of available hydrants greatly hampered the fire department. The building was constructed of reinforced concrete walls, with wood and steel truss roof with composition covered wood sheathing. The contents were mostly incombustible. Practically the entire roof was destroyed with loss on building and contents of $82,000.

The city of Troy, Ohio, has recently completed arrangements whereby it will soon practically double its present water supply. Five producing wells originally put down by an industrial concern, have been secured. Pumping equipment, consisting of two one-million gallon centrifugal motor-driven units are already on hand. The erection of a building and the installation of the units will be pushed forward rapidly in order to prevent the recurrence of an acute water shortage such as was experienced last summer.

Ada, Ohio, contemplates several changes in its water works this year, chief of which will be the installation of a 100,000 or 125,000-gallon elevated tank, which will be supplied by an automatic pumping system from the wells.

Oakwood, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, has recently authorized the issuance of $100,000 worth of bonds for fire protection. Water mains are to be extended; a 150,000-gallon elevated tank is to be erected and a fire station built.

Ashland, Ohio, will soon open bids for new motor fire apparatus, The purchase of this piece of equipment is the direct outcome of a recent clean-up campaign conducted in that city.

On May 9 at Canton, Ohio, will be conducted a clean-up campaign in which representatives of State departments, leading insurance officials and municipal officers will take part.

Safety Director McCune of Columbus, has recently submitted to council a plan whereby three fire companies would be moved from their present positions close in, to more remote parts of town, thus protecting recently built-up property.

South Zanesville, Ohio is contemplating the purchase of some fire equipment, following the recent destruction of a large woodworking plant, the town’s chief industry.

New Philadelphia, Ohio, claims to be saving $360 to $400 per month due to the electrification of its water pumping equipment.

The Safety Director of Toledo recently handed a report to the city authorities in which he called attention to the fact that nine pieces of fire apparatus were now out of order, most of which were damaged while answering alarms. The list includes three steamers, two ladder trucks, three hose wagons and the chief’s car. Recently, the village of Wildwood was refused help and the city will, no doubt, shortly prepare a charge schedule for rendering aid to outside communities.

Marion, Ohio, is now having its hose threads and hydrant fittings standardized. Chief McFarland receives numerous requests for help from nearby villages averaging one run per week to these outside communities.

The Martins’ Ferry, Ohio, ladder truck was recently badly damaged when the rear end was struck by a switch engine. The truck was thrown against a telephone pole, one of the long ladders was broken, and the tiller man was thrown from his seat to the track in front of the approaching engine. He managed, however, to escape being run over but was badly bruised and later, to add to his misfortune, discovered that his pocketbook containing a considerable sum of money was missing.

The Dover, Ohio, city council has recently passed an ordinance increasing the salary of the city firemen from $100 to $115 per month. The chief also received an increase from $120 to $135, but more duties were placed upon him. He is now not only fire chief but custodian of the city hall and weight master.

The Peerless fire truck belonging to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, was recently badly damaged while going to a fire when it hit a telephone pole in order to avoid colliding with a Ford sedan which crossed its path.

Van Wert, Ohio, is considering the purchase of a new piece of apparatus for its fire department. Recently, one of the two old steamers was junked on account of a bad boiler, and the other old steamer has had its pressure reduced to 90 pounds, thus considerably reducing its efficiency. The ladder truck also is very old and ladders are in dangerous condition. The one piece of apparatus has had to do continuous duty for seven years which has made it impossible to make necessary repairs.

Norwalk, Ohio, hopes soon to purchase a new piece of motor fire apparatus, probably a standard make triple combination. The present truck has been in service over ten years and has broken down several times recently.

Following a series of recent disastrous fires, the Business Men’s Club of Wellston, Ohio, have undertaken the proposition of improving the city’s fire fighting facilities. A strong volunteer organization has been formed with three men sleeping at the station; ladder equipment has been purchased, and there is a possibility that a standard motor-driven pumper will be added to the present equipment. At the pumping station, a 750-gallon pump driven by an oil engine has been placed in operation. The town’s hose and hydrant couplings were recently standardized.

Cincinnati, Ohio, annual fire loss is mounting higher and higher every year, according to figures recently published in the State Fire Marshal’s bulletin. The loss in 1922 was almost double that of 1921, which loss in itself was considerably above the average of previous years.

The city council of Columbus, Ohio, has pending an ordinance regulating the installation of steam, hot air, and hot water furnaces, a good step towards fire prevention.

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