Cotton Compress Burns at Union Springs

Issue 3 and Volume 59.

Cotton Compress Burns at Union Springs Among the large number of recent cotton compress fires which have visited the southern portion of this country was that at Union Springs, Ala., when the Union Springs Compress Co.’s plant was partly destroyed. This plant is located in the eastern part of the city. The building is a one-story structure, built ten years ago of wood, having neither partition walls nor sprinkler equipment. The fire started from some unknown cause in the shed of the compress. It was discovered by the watchman at 4.22 in the morning and after burning three hours was finally gotten under control by Chief J. Rosentehl and his men. The first alarm came in by whistle and telephone from an adjojining oil mill. The oil company had private protection in the shape of hose reels and tank. These were utilized to but small advantage. When Chief Rosentehl and…

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