Leadership

Fire Caused by Water.

Issue 22 and Volume 1893 13.

Fire Caused by Water. In two cases destructive fires have been caused by water, says The Architect and Builder. In one of these, a flood caused the water to rise high enough in a factory to reach a pile of iron filings. The filings, on contact with the water, oxidized so rapidly that they became intensely heated, and then set fire to the neighboring woodwork, and the building destroyed. In the other case, the water from the engines, during a fire, found its way into a shed containing quicklime, and the heat generated by the slaking of the lime set fire to the shed, and this to other buildings. Quicklime fires, however, are not uncommon. Many vessels carrying quicklime have probably been burned by the admission of water to the lime through a trifling leak, and no architect or builder needs be told how intense the heat of slaking lime…

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