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BIG SALT LAKE CITY OIL FIRE CAUSED BY LEAKING STILL TUBE

Issue 14 and Volume 78.

BIG SALT LAKE CITY OIL FIRE CAUSED BY LEAKING STILL TUBE General Alarm Blaze Causes Loss of Four Lives and Damage of $200,000Rest of Plant Saved-Week’s Burnings A GENERAL alarm fire, calling into service the entire fire department of Salt Lake City, Utah, under command of Chief Walter S. Knight, occurred in the plant of the Utah Oil Refining Company, on September 5 at 2:55 in the afternoon. The blaze originated in the company’s high pressure gasoline process plant, and was, it is believed, caused by the bursting of a faulty still tube. As the hot oil came in contact with the air, spontaneous combustion ensued with sufficient force to envelop the entire plant and its three large stills in a mass of flames. Two men in the plant were killed outright, two others died later of their injuries, and one man was badly burned, but will recover. The fire…

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