Woodworking Plant at Peoria Destroyed
A milhvrighting building located in the centre of the manufacturing section of Peoria, Ill., was recently destroyed by fire. The structure was a three-story concrete building, occupying a space 80 by 150 feet and with concrete partition walls. The blaze started from an unknown cause, in the planing chute center, and it was discovered by a laborer shortly after noon. Chief Thomas N. Worm found the fire burning furiously all over the building and a high wind blowing. He placed thirteen streams, four of which were engine, on the fire. Eight hydrants, with a water pressure of 85 pounds, were available. Nine hundred feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were in use and two lengths burst during the fire. The following apparatus was in service: One Ahrens steamer, one Robinson motor pumping engine, three trucks and eight hose wagons. The Robinson pumping engine did efficient work. Chief Worm handled the fire with marked efficiency despite the difficulties, and prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent property. The losses amounted to $9,000 on building and $14,000 on contents, fine lumber, etc.
Chief Sullivan, of Utica, N. Y., recently received a check for $50 and a complimentary letter from Joseph Wagner, proprietor of the Union Athletic Club Hotel, which was practically destroyed by fire one night recently. Mr. Wagner speaks of the good work of the firemen and the long run they had to the scene of the fire, and he takes the above method of expressing his appreciation of their promptness and efficiency.