Two-Story Machine Shop at East Akron Badly Damaged
At East Akron, Ohio, the two-story building at 720 Carroll street, occupied by the Adantson Machine Company, caught fire from an unknown cause recently and was badly damaged before the Akron fire department, under Chief John T. Mertz, got the blaze under control, after two hours of hard work. The structure was composed of brick, iron and steel and fronted on a street 60 feet in width. It had no partition walls and was about two years old. The fire originated in the stock room on the first fioor and the watchman who discovered it phoned in an alarm at 2:47 a. m. He was alone in the building at the time. Flames were bursting from the rear windows when the 25 men of the department arrived, with the following apparatus: Two second size steam fire engines, two Thomas auto hose wagons, two Webb pumpers, one Boyd service truck, and one Seagrave 65-foot aerial truck. The Webb pumper, according to Chief Mertz, worked very well, and contributed largely in confining the blaze to the building of origin. Four 6-inch double hydrants were available, about 350 feet apart, with a pressure of 75 pounds, from an 8-inch main. In all 5,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were laid, five engine streams being thrown from nozzles of 1 and 1 1/8 inch. The loss was very heavy.
The fire department of Boston, which had made reuest of the city council for 192 men to keep up the men efficiency impaired by the operation of the one-day-off-in-threeplan, has been granted 172 new men by the mayor. Thirty of these men will fill vacancies in the ranks; $140,000 was allowed for motor apparatus.