Lightning Causes Big Oil Fire in Pittsburgh

Issue 2 and Volume 74.

Lightning Causes Big Oil Fire in Pittsburgh City Experiences One of Its Worst Fires—How Blaze Was Fought —Many Narrow Escapes by the Firemen—Burnings of the Week THE largest and most spectacular oil fire which has occurred in Pittsburgh during the past fifty years took place on Friday afternoon, June 15, in the large plant of the Atlantic Refining Company (a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company) located at 57th and Butler Streets. Lightning struck a huge iron oil tank containing 25,000 barrels of oil during one of the most severe electrical and rain storms of the season, giving the firemen one of the hardest fights they have had in subduing a fire in many years. The storm broke in all its fury about 1:30 p. m., the bolt of lightning striking the 30,000-barrel tank No. 83 about 1:56 p. m. ripping the top off and hurling it many feet into…

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