Smelter Destroyed by Fire

Issue 7 and Volume 96.

Smelter Destroyed by Fire One entire wing of the American Smelting and Refining Company’s plant at Selby, near San Francisco, engaged in smelting strategic war metals, was recently destroyed by flames which did damage unofficially estimated at $100,000. The Selby plant fire department, aided by the Crockett fire department and Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Fire Battalion at nearby Vallejo battled the flames for more than two hours and their efforts kept the fire confined to the one wing. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles and the fire threatened the town of Selby as it swept through the 600-foot wing. The Coast Guard used some of the new water-borne fire barges in fighting the fire. The blaze was discovered by a watchman and apparently started in the plant’s sample area and burned around the base of the largest smokestack in the world, a landmark in the area…

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