Total Loss in Guelph Lumber Fire
Considerable property was involved in the early morning fire which destroyed the Robert Stewart Lumber Company’s plant, Guelph, Ont., on June 7. Besides the plant, about sixteen stores and one house suffered either complete destruction or heavy damages. The Stewart plant, built in 1864, was situated in the northwestern section of the city, occupied a space of 150 x 100 feet, and was constructed of brick and stone, with partition walls of the same material. The alarm was received by the department over the phone at 4:05 and was responded to by nineteen regular members and six assistants under the direction of Chief Robert A. Knighton. It is not known from what cause nor in what portion of the structure the fire started, but when the department arrived, it was burning briskly throughout the entire plant. After a five hours’ fight, it was finally brought under control. No lives were lost, but several firemen were slightly burned. Six two-way hydrants were used, distant about 200 feet, with pressure at sixty pounds. Eleven hydrant streams were thrown, the nozzles being 1 and 1 1/4 inches and the water main being 10 inches. Three lengths of the 4,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose used burned during the fire. The system of water supply was booster and standpipe. The loss, estimated at $500,000, was total.
The fire losses in Buffalo, N. Y., for the fiscal year, according to a report of Chief E. P. Murphy of the fire department of that city, will total approximately $2,500,000, which is an increase of some $200,000 over 1920, when the loss amonuted to $2,311,823. The records for May and June, as estimated by Chief Murphy, will swell the year’s aggregate to the before-mentioned figure.