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HAY AND SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION.

Issue 8 and Volume 42.

HAY AND SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. This being the haying season and hay barns, like other farm buildings, not being fireproof, often not even protected against fire or within near reach of a fire department, and hay being, besides, extremely liable to combustion, the farmer should be specially careful. New hay is often the cause of the destruction of barns through spontaneous combustion, and hay, as it sweats— a process which, according to State Fire Marshal Creamer, of Ohio, is peculiarly likely to draw lightning down to the non-lightning rodded or interiorly lightning-rodded building—often bursts into flame through the spontaneous combustion set up by the sweating. Fire Marshal Creamer’s statistics are to the effect that m five years Ohio’s fire-loss on barns has increased from $513,905 a year to $1,037,005—or a little more than double. The loss on barn buildings is thirty-seven per cent, greater, while the loss on their contents has…

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