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EDISON BUILDINGS AT WEST ORANGE GUTTED

Issue 25 and Volume 56.

EDISON BUILDINGS AT WEST ORANGE GUTTED The extensive plant of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., devoted to moving picture films, phonographs and other Edison enterprises, at West Orange. N. J., was visited by a fire Wednesday evening. December 9, which gutted most of the important buildings in the group. According to the late estimates, the loss is placed at about $1,000,000. Mr. Edison himself is quoted as saying after the burned buildings had been looked over: “The big lesson of this fire has been the value of concrete construction. My buildings are gutted, but there they stand ready for refitting. One error revealed was in not using steel window sashes and trim, and wired glass that withstands great heat. We will certainly have to use that finish henceforth. My friend, Henry Ford, tells me that all his automobile factories have this steel trim and wired glass. Our own water system would…

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