Total Loss at Ennis, Texas

Total Loss at Ennis, Texas

A fire resulting in a total loss destroyed three cotton warehouses situated in the southeastern portion of Ennis, Texas, occupying a space of about two blocks. The buildings were of one story in height, constructed of sheet iron and consisted of cotton sheds without walls. The first alarm came in over the phone at 10:45 P. M., and when the department, consisting of thirty-five men, arrived under the command of Chief Ross Crumley, the fire in the cotton bales was well under way. The department was equipped with one American-LaFrance 750-gallon pumper and one hose wagon. Twelve 8, 6 and 4-inch hydrants, spaced about 200 feet apart, were used to fight the fire, with a pressure of 80 pounds at the hydrants. Five hydrant and four engine streams were brought into play, 3,000 feet of hose being laid, with nozzles of 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches, the water mains being six inches. The value of the buildings was $30,000 and the value of the cotton destroyed was $370,000.

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