Inflammable Roof Destroys Structure

Issue 21 and Volume 70.

Inflammable Roof Destroys Structure A fire which might have been confined to the section of the building in which it originated, according to a report furnished by Chief J. J. Ryan, of the Galveston, Tex., fire department, but which burned the entire length of the structure, was that which occurred in the property of the Galveston Warehouse Company in the eastern portion of Eighteenth and Avenue A in that city. The reason for the rapid spread of the fire, according to Chief Ryan, was the combustible material of which the roof was constructed, it being composed of tar paper over wooden girders, and the flames gained access from one section to another through this medium. The blaze started in the northwest corner of the building from defective electric wiring and the fire was well advanced upon the arrival of the apparatus, the alarm coming in by box at 8:55 P.…

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