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N. Y. FIREMEN BATTLE FLAMES IN CYANIDE-LADEN FREIGHTER

Issue 2 and Volume 92.

N. Y. FIREMEN BATTLE FLAMES IN CYANIDE-LADEN FREIGHTER Tons of Cyanide in Hold of British Freighter Docked in New York Provide Dangerous 17-Hour Fight for 300 Men CYANIDE, as most firemen know, is a dangerous chemical. But a minute amount is sufficient to fumigate the hold of a ship and then all openings must be carefully sealed. Cyanide in an amount of several tons in the hold of a burning freighter presented a problem to the Fire Department and the immediate neighborhood that for danger was almost without parallel. The Silverash, a British freighter had tied up at a pier in Brooklyn. Shortly after midnight on January 23, fire broke out from a leak in a fuel oil connection in the engine room and the blaze spread into the cargo holds, which, beside the cyanide in air tight cans, held 270,000 pounds of rubber, automobiles and automobile machinery. The thick,…

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