Fertilizer Fire at Newark

Issue 11 and Volume 56.

Fertilizer Fire at Newark Battling against flames and clouds of stifling smoke from burning fertilizer, Newark, N. J., firemen, summoned by three alarms at 7.40 a. m. September 2, worked for two hours extinguishing a fire in the plant of the Lister Agricultural Chemical Company, at Lister avenue and the Passaic River. Thousands of tons of the finished product of the factory and two buildings were destroyed at a loss estimated at $100,000. At the height of the fire a wall of the three-story brick storage building collapsed and several firemen narrowly escaped being pinned under the falling debris. The fire is believed to have started from a spark in the grinding or extracting room, and to have traveled to the storage building through a connecting shaft. For a time the entire plant, consisting of nearly forty buildings, was threatened. Water curtains were made by pouring streams in front of…

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