Winston-Salem Plant Fire Confined to Top Story

Winston-Salem Plant Fire Confined to Top Story

A two-story frame building at Shallowford and High Streets, Winston-Salem, N. C., housing the BriggsShafer woodworking plant, according to the report furnished by Chief H. E. Nissen of the fire department of that city, caught fire from an unknown cause recently at 11:06 P. M. The alarm was received by telephone at that time and apparently had a good start, for when the department of thirty-four men arrived flames were coming out of windows on the second floor and from several in the rear. The apparatus in service consisted of one American-LaFrance 1,000-gal. triple combination and one 750-gal. American-LaFrance triple combination. Two 4-inch 2-way hydrants, situated respectively 60 and 250 feet apart, were available, with pressure from 40 to 60 pounds from a gravity system from standpipe. Four engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 inches, 1,650 feet of hose being laid. The fire burned for five and a half hours before it was extinguished and was confined almost entirely to the top floor of the building, which covered a floor space of about 28,000 feet. The value of the building was $105,000, with a loss of $9,000. The contents, consisting of machinery, patterns, lumber, electric motors and other materials, valued at $95,000, suffered a loss of $60,000.

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