Altus Corn Press Burned to Ground

Issue 26 and Volume 58.

Altus Corn Press Burned to Ground Altus, Okla., last month was visited by a fire which did damage to the extent of $625,000. The Inter-State Compress company’s plant, located in the extreme southwest portion of the city and covering approximately five acres of ground, took fire at 6.50 in the evening. The building was of one-story frame construction and was built about 12 years ago. It had no partition walls nor fire prevention devices whatever. The blaze originated in the rear end of the boiler room in a pile of cotton-waste and other inflammable material. The night watchman discovered it and ten minutes later telephoned to the fire department. When the department arrived, the fire was entirely beyond their control. The fire burned for twelve hours and although Chief F. E. Gardenhire several times stopped its progress at different positions, the fire would make headway in another direction. The heroic…

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