Burning of a Peanut Factory

Issue 4 and Volume 54.

Burning of a Peanut Factory A destructive fire destroyed the plant of the St. Louis, Mo., Edible Nut Company, caused a pecuniary loss of approximately $190,000 to the company and the St. Louis Cordage Mills, which occupied the west half of the building as a storage warehouse. It was a Fourth of July blaze, although the cause was not traceable to fireworks in any shape, but to supposed spontaneous combustion within. The loss on peanuts alone was placed at $40,000, and the great trouble of the firemen was to keep the crowds of children and adults from running into danger in order to secure some of the hundreds of thousands of peanuts that were being washed out in every stage of cooked and raw by the water that flooded the building. The structure was a four-story and basement brick and of a slow combustion type. It had a frontage of…

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