Two Alarms Sent tor Foundry Fire
Fire started by the combustion of thirty tons of coal in a cellar of a four-story foundry, Toronto, Canada, developed into a second alarm fire of such intense heat that it was impossible for the firemen to enter.
A pedestrian turned in a box alarm. When the first companies arrived in command of District Chief William Corbett, dense clouds of smoke were issuing from all parts of the building and three persons were trapped on a roof. A second alarm was sounded at once and those on the roof rescued by the aerial crew.
When the second alarm companies arrived, the building from the cellar to the fourth floor was involved, and the heat made it impossible for the men to enter.
Men fighting the fire from the rear through a tunnel narrowly escaped death when the floors of the building which were loaded with tons of heavy machinery, collapsed and fell into the basement. At 6 a.m. dense smoke clouds had covered the neighborhood. At 8 a.m., the fire was under control and second alarm companies were sent back. The fire was out at 11:30 a.m.
The building was of the old mill type of brick and wood joists and was erected over fifty years ago.
Chief George Sinclair was in charge, assisted by Assistant Chiefs McLean, Plat. Chief Gunn, and District Chiefs Kearns, Gates and Fox.
Fred C. Kennedy, Assistant Chief of the Fire Department of Indianapolis, Ind., was appointed Chief by Mayor Kern, the first of the year in place of Chief Harry E. Voshcll, retired.