Lack of Fire Wall Causes Loss of Oil Refinery

Issue 14 and Volume 65.

Lack of Fire Wall Causes Loss of Oil Refinery The largest fire in the history of the county is said to be that which recently destroyed the Tiona oil refinery, Clarendon, Pa., owned by the Union Petroleum Company, of Philadelphia. When a still exploded at 3 o’clock a. m., lack of a fire wall below it permitted the burning oil to run down into the barrel house where twenty-three pumps and other valuable machinery to be used in the contemplated $500,000 addition to the refinery were stored. From the barrel house it spread until filter, pump and boiler houses and twenty-four tanks filled with oil in various processes of refining were destroyed. The burning of the pump house prevented pumping oil out of the tanks and 4,000 barrels ot Pennsylvania oil worth $4 each went up in smoke. Two employees were burned slightly while fighting the flames. The refinery occupied…

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