Philadelphia Firemen Fight Stubborn Paper Plant Fire

Issue 5 and Volume 105.

Philadelphia Firemen Fight Stubborn Paper Plant Fire Philadelphia’s first major blaze of 1952 gave approximately 300 of its fire fighters, manning equipment of 24 engine, five ladder, two high pressure and two pipeline companies, a stubborn five-hour struggle before it was controlled. Over 24 hours later, crews were still at work on the smoldering wreckage. The fire started from an unknown cause in the century-old five-story brick joist plant covering almost a city block at American and York streets, occupied jointly by the Thomas Paper Stock Co., the Almax Paper Co. and the Salvage Package Co. The building, once a stove company, was occupied by about 100 employees at the time of the fire, all of whom made their escape. The blaze presumably originated on the second floor, where the Thomas Co. had an oil-fired furnace. The fire was discovered by three workmen, who tried to fight the flames with…

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