Leadership

OIL FIRES.

Issue 4 and Volume 4.

OIL FIRES. [CONTRIBUTED PARER.] The numerous fires occurring in the Oil Regions during the past few years, destroying millions of dollars worth of property, have prompted inventors, and those more directly interested to spend considerable time and money in experimenting with a view of preventing the spread of the flames, or if possible, extinguish the fire in the tank in which it originated. To extinguish the flames in an open tank 60 or 80 feet in diameter was considered one of the impossibilities. Yet there were men working with that object who were not to be discouraged by failures or public opinion, and success was finally attained. In September, 1S75, Dr. Connelly made public demonstrations of the power of his apparatus on the grounds of the Pittsburgh Exposition Society, extinguishing burning petroleum in a tank 60 by 20 feet. It was one of the most attractive features of the Exposition,…

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