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Mill Fire at Decatur, Ill.

Issue 3 and Volume 55.

Mill Fire at Decatur, Ill. GENERAL NEWS FEATURES Decatur, Ill., recently had one of its largest fires when the plant of the American Hominy Company was destroyed. The building was 60×214 feet in size, five stories high and was constructed of brick eleven years ago. It had brick partition walls, but no fire equipment. At midnight the watchman discovered a fire on the top floor near the centre of the building which had been caused by overheated driers. He telephoned an alarm to the fire department. When the latter, in command of Chief O. W. Devore arrived, the entire top floor and roof were in flames. The contents of the mill consisted of grain, meal, flour, machinery, etc. The employees, of whom there were 70, endeavored to extinguish the fire at its commencement, but were quickly driven from the building before the fire department arrived. There were seven streams through…

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