Clipped From The Indianapolis Star
FLAMES SWEEP TABLE FACTORY; LOSS IS $15,000 Fire, Originating in Boiler House, Damages Plant of Cabinet Makers' Union. DRIVER HURLED FROM SEAT IN COLLISION WITH AUTO Blaze Interrupts Rush of Business Due to Orders Resulting From Recent Flood. Fire early last nvenlng can sod a loss of approximately $15,000 to tho plant of tho Cablnot Makers' Union, furultura manufacturers, Pino nnd Markol street. Tho flumes damaged tho part of tho building devoted to manufacturing purposes, purposes, but wero kept from tho storage rotims whoro a largo amount of llnlsliod product awaited shipment. Thn leas la covered by Insurance hut will entail grctti lucnnveulonco to tho company as 100 dining dining ruom tnbloH wore In process of manufacture manufacture to till orders canned by tho Mood and stock was being prepared for 250 olherH. The Urn originated In (bo boiler house which Htauds between the manufacturing plnnt on tho east and the storago house on the went. Tho flumes woro discovered by .loscph Hhigrctiuor, night watchman, who found shavings burning fiercely, bnv- bnv- lng boeh Ignited apparently from aparks. Kngrcssor attempted to fight the Are alone, hut the flumes swept through thn iiilhimmnhlo material and soon sprrnd to the building nn the cast. Neighbors saw the light and turned in an alarm. THREE FLOORS GUTTED. When tho llromcn arrived tho (lumen- (lumen- woro shooting fur Into tho sky and caused an muniiiiiuiou- muniiiiiuiou- uuu cnuiu nn scon throughout tho downtown dlntrlnt. Tho llro nto Its way through tho tlrat lloor of tho structure, which contains thn machinery, machinery, and Jumped to tho nreouil and then to thn third floors. Tho second floor In devoted to tho cabinet work, thn third to polishing and tho fourth to llnlshlng. Alt -four -four floors contained much material and ninny tables In process of niuinifai:- niuinifai:- ture, and all this was damaged, except the stock on the fourth floor, from which the flnmes weru kept. Chief Coots turned lu a second alarm as soon an ho arrived,. bringing companies from all partH of tho city. Ono nnglun was placed at work at Davidson and Market streets nnd tho other companion deponded on tho water mains for pressure. pressure. Chief Coo to said ho feared there would not bo sufllclnnt pressure, but at no tlmo was tho department hnndltiapped. The Are department did quick work In checking tho triage ns at ono tlmo It looked an though the entire oast part of tho building wa doomed. Chtef Coota said the fire had spread through a chute, which led from tho boiler house to tho main building, The plant l(i a four-story four-story four-story brick structure structure and Is In two sections covering about a quarter of a square. About 100 men aro employed there. Iron flredoora aro provided In I ho hulld-Ing, hulld-Ing, hulld-Ing, hut thn flroineu found that tboy had' not been closed, they said, and shut them heforo tho flumon had mado tholr way to another part of tho structure, Tho definite causa of thn flro could not be ascertained, as tho watchman was thn only person at tho plant, and when ho discovered tho- tho- flro It could only bo con jectured that sparks alighting In the shavings had atarted the blase. LOSS 10 UNCERTAIN. Figures on tho loss also were conjeo-tural, conjeo-tural, conjeo-tural, an tho amount nf material and tho number of tables which the company , mnkes exclusively In tho damaged, part of the plant wero not known certainly, ft wan stated, however, that the company carried full Insurance. Lieut. John Allen, colored, a driver ata-tlonnd ata-tlonnd ata-tlonnd with hose company No. 19, Ashland Ashland avenue and Sixteenth Htrcot, wan thrown from bin wagon while on the way to the tiro and was Injured flllghtly, A hni-Hn hni-Hn hni-Hn ahio was Injured. The wagon waa struck at Pino and Michigan stroota by an nutomobllo drlVon by Chester Jackson, son of L. A. Jackson, 58 North Illinois street. Tho flro wagon was running south on Pino street and Jackson waa driving east on Michigan street. Ho did not hour tho approaching Urn apparatus apparatus and drovo Into It. . After the collision Jackson went to pollen headquarter, but as no blamo waa attached to him hn was not' arrcHted. LI on I. Allen was taken to his homo, 1GG7 Yandea atrool, In an amhulanco. An oxtra horsu was put In placo of the ono Injured and tho company was In service lu a short time. Tho plant oporated by tho Cabinet Makers' Union was oponed In 1862 and i ono of the oldest furniture, factories in Indianapolis. Tho prosent ofilcors are William C. Albrocbt, president; William C, Knger, vice presldunt, and 11. C. Hauer, secretary-treasurer." secretary-treasurer." secretary-treasurer." Mr. Roger waa tho only ollleur lu lndlannpolls last night. Mr. Roger mild ' ho could not tell how badly the material which wus roady (u bo used had boen damaged. Ho said It was all glued material and that probably probably tho water would mako It unfit for use. This Is tho third sorlous Arc at tho . plutit. Chief Coots said that slnco he has been connected with the department there have boon three Ares at tho plant and that thoy all originated in the onglun room and a proud through tho chute to thu main building.