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Burning of a Chicago Stove Factory

Issue 9 and Volume 53.

Burning of a Chicago Stove Factory The Cribben & Sevton stove factory, on the western outskirts of Chicago, occupied a space of 120 by 100 feet, and had been built for two years. It was a three-story building, with brick walls and of mill construction, with internal partition walls of the same material, but without sprinkler equipment or any provision in the shape of fire escapes to facilitate the exit of the 200 persons employed in the factory, or any means such as fire extinguishers, to check an incipient blaze. A watchman discovered the blaze as soon as it had started at 7 :20 p. m., in the north section of the building, but no guess can be made as to its cause, unless it was spontaneous combustion from such an accumulation of oily rags and waste as is apt to collect in factories of that type. A box alarm…

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