Lumber Yard Fire in Laurel, Miss

Issue 19 and Volume 72.

Lumber Yard Fire in Laurel, Miss A fire whose loss was grossly exaggerated by the local newspapers, according to Chief Holt. E. J. Ross, was that in the lumber yards of the Marathon Lumber Company, at Laurel, Miss. The yards occupied a space of about five acres and the building in which the fire originated was about 30 feet in height, of brick and sheet metal. The blaze started in the center from spontaneous combustion in a highly inflammable by-product, of the lumber at 5:30 a. m., the alarm being received at 6 o’clock. The fire was at its height, when the municipal department arrived, and Chief Ross succeeded in confining it to that portion which was involved and preventing its further spread. There were more than 15 4-inch single mill hydrants with mill hose and pressure pumps connected with the plant. The fire department turned out 12 men, and…

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