Issue 3 and Volume 59.

OIL TANK FIRES. This subject has received considerable attention during the past year by nearly everyone interested in the handling of inflammable liquids such as oil, gasolene, benzine, benzol, etc., where storage of these materials is required. The principal thought of the owner or those responsible for the safety of tanks containing such materials as mentioned above is “How can such fires be prevented?” and in order to do this a study of the causes by which tanks are set on fire is in order. Since by far the largest loss in tank fires occurs in the storage tanks in the field near the wells, it may be well to investigate this class of fires first. A careful search shows that in the great majority of cases the fire starts during a thunder storm, and while there is a diversity of opinion between experts as to just what occurs, they…

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