Wholesale Grocery Warehouse Ruined at Kansas City

Wholesale Grocery Warehouse Ruined at Kansas City

In the wholesale business district of Kansas in the Kansas City Company’s warehouse, a sixstorybuilding that occupied a space of 150 by 150 feet. It was of brick and had been built for more than twenty years, it had internal partitions of brick and was provided with fire escapes for the benefit of those who were employed in it. There was no private fire-protective appliances, but there was a sprinkler equipment, which, however, had not been connected, as the building was being remodeled. The origin of the fire is unknown. but it was discovered on the second floor by a citizen at 6.05 p. m. It burned for three hours and forty-five minutes and was finallystopped before it got outside the building. As soon as it was discovered a telephone alarm was turned in and when the department arrived flames were issuing from all the windows on the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors. The firemen found no hindrances in their work, and the fire apparatus was never at a loss for water. The following pieces of equipment were on the ground : Engines, seven; water tower and highpressure wagon, with three-way Siamese deluge set. Twelve hose companies were likewise in attendance. Twelve hydrants were available, all of them 6-inch and double, with a pressure of 60 pounds and a distance of 150 feet between each of them. Only one hydrant stream was thrown, but the seven engines threw 15, making 16 in all, the largest number thrown by the firemen. The size of the nozzles used was l 1/8-inch, 1 1/4-inch and 1 3/4-inch. A 12-inch main of the direct-pumping water works supply was laid on the 100-foot wide street in front of the damaged property and furnished a perfectly sufficient amount of water for engines, water tower and deluge set and hydrants. The loss was heavy. On the building, which was valued at $90,000, it was $60,000; on the contents, which on account of the structure undergoing alterations, had not been more than very partially moved in, the loss was $5,000—total.

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