Leadership

War Plant Destroyed by $2,000,000 Fire

Issue 3 and Volume 97.

War Plant Destroyed by $2,000,000 Fire The most costly and one of the most spectacular fires in the history of Portland, Ore., on February 2 destroyed the west side war production plant of the Iron Fireman Manufacturing Company, builders of Liberty ship engines. Loss was estimated at $2,000,000. The plant, composed of a number of buildings varying from one to four stories in height, some of wood-frame and others of brick construction, occupied two city blocks. The cause of the fire was unknown. In the destruction were twenty-four Liberty ship engines, four complete and the others in various stages of manufacture. A completed engine has a value of slightly less than $100,000. Acetylene tanks in the plant exploded at intervals as the flames spread with great rapidity, and police had to push back spectators just before the first of a number of sixty-gallon drums of kerosene on an adjacent sidewalk…

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