Leadership

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT KALAMAZOO.

Issue 4 and Volume 31.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT KALAMAZOO. On the night of January 16, Kalamazoo, Mich., was the scene of a fire as destructive as it was spectacular, which completely destroyed the immense plant of the Michigan Buggy company. The night watchman discovered the blaze at about 7 o’clock on the shipping room which was situated on the second floor of the building. Before the fire department could be on the spot (and there was no delay on the part of the firemen), nearly the whole of the big factory was afire, and the flame, fed by the imense quantity of inflammable matter used in the manufacture of the company’s product, spread upwards, downwards, and sidewise with inconceivable rapidity. The firemen, who were hampered by the dense smoke and perpetually recurring explosions of barrels of oil, varnish, turpentine, and the like, were constantly being driven back, only to return to the fight. A dozen…

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