Grain Elevator Fire at Newport News

Issue 16 and Volume 58.

Grain Elevator Fire at Newport News A spectacular fire occurred at Newport News, Va., on the night of September 4, when the Chesapeake & Ohio grain elevator, the general offices of the railway company, the offices of the United States Shipping Company and the offices of the Clyde Steamship Company were burned down. Piers 4, 5 and 6 and several steamships moored there, as well as millions of dollars worth of surrounding propery, were endangered. The fire was discovered at 11.27 by the watchman on duty, but he lost his life in the battle with the flames and the origin remains unknown. An alarm was sent in from Box 6 of the fire alarm system and Chief W. K. Stow responded. He sent in two additional alarms, summoning fifty men from the city department. The Chesapeake & Ohio R. R. Company has its own pumping station and fifty of its…

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