Safety Flare Starts Destructive Blaze

Issue 5 and Volume 107.

Safety Flare Starts Destructive Blaze A roaring lumber-fed fire that consumed a millwork company in the Town of Greenwich, Conn., with loss estimated at $200,000 had a unique origin. It was caused by a road safety flare, thrown many feet into the tinder-like plant, by a heavy motor vehicle. The fire was discovered shortly before 5:30 P. M., on April 8th, last, in the office building and plant of the Gustav Johannson Millwork Co., on the Boston Post Road, at Mianus Bridge, Town of Greenwich, Conn. Nearly a third of the wooden frame building was ablaze when a passing motorist reported the fire. By the time the fire fighters of Old Greenwich and Cos Cob arrived, flames were shooting high in the air and out onto the Post Road. The Cast Optics Co., Inc., a few feet away from the millwork plant was blistering from radiated heat. Greenwich Fire Headquarters…

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