Recent Important Fires Specially Reported

Issue 15 and Volume 67.

Recent Important Fires Specially Reported Firemen Hampered At Hillsboro Cotton Oil Fire By Dense Smoke—Boston Blaze Fought From Elevated Structure—Record of Other Fires of the Week Dense Smoke Hampers Firemen at Hillsboro Fire Spontaneous combustion was undoubtedly the cause of the fire that recently practically destroyed the plant of the Hill County Cotton Oil Company, Hillsboro, Tex. The plant was of wood construction, covered with galvanized iron on roof and side walls, but had concrete retaining walls inside, according to Chief L. L. Walker’s report. It was 30 feet high, one story, and located in the business part of the city—the wholesale district—and occupied a space 100×150 feet on a 64-foot street. The first alarm came in at 1.30 P. M.,’ but it was evident from the headway that the fire had gained, when the first apparatus arrived, that it had been smouldering for a period that was estimated at…

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