Leadership

Five-Alarm Fire in Rag Plant

Issue 5 and Volume 92.

Five-Alarm Fire in Rag Plant A five-alarm fire damaged the Heller & Hynson paper and rag plant in Baltimore, Md., March 24. Fire was first seen in a small building adjacent to the plant. Box 7342 was pulled, bringing Engines 36-14-8, Truck 10, and Battalion Chief 10. When they arrived they found flames sweeping against the wall of the plant, breaking the windows and involving all three floors. Four additional alarms were sounded in rapid succession, bringing 19 companies, under Chief Howard Travers, and three assistants. Dense smoke, at the beginning, forced first alarm companies back. When Deputy Edward Ward arrived on the second he found several firemen of No. 30 Engine to be badly affected by the smoke and ordered the lines backed out. Nine firemen were cut, some seriously, as windows burst from the pressure within the building. Companies began picking up about three hours after the first…

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