Rubber Fire at Fall River Causes $12,000,000 Loss

Issue 11 and Volume 94.

Rubber Fire at Fall River Causes $12,000,000 Loss Fifty-Two Neighboring Cities Aid in Controlling Blaze A TWO-STATE alarm fire late Saturday night, October 11. destroyed five out of eight buildings of the Firestone Rubber and Latex plant in Fall River Mass. The loss was unofficially estimated at $12,000,000 making this blaze the largest in the history of Fall River. This estimate would be conservative if stores of rubber at the plant are as large as believed and if destruction of these stores was complete. Federal Loan Agency at Washington alone lost 15,850 tons of rubber at the fire, and this represents ten per cent of the stock on hand of that agency. The plant was engaged in making self-sealing fuel and oil tanks for aeroplanes, pilot seats, ammunition belts for machine guns, barrage balloons, gas masks and many other items vital to the nation’s defense. Blaze Starts in Cushion Dryer…

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