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Mass Mobilization at Meraux Controls Costly Refinery Conflagration

Issue 1 and Volume 111.

Mass Mobilization at Meraux Controls Costly Refinery Conflagration Tank farm blazes test mettle of mutual aid forces in vast cooperative effort . . . Reinforcements of material and men flown in . . . Foam at a premium A Special FIRE ENGINEERING Report New Orleans F. D. photo FIRE WHICH STARTED about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at the $4 million plant of the Ingram Oil and Refining Company, Meraux, La., when a newly repaired tank containing gasoline collapsed, burned out of control for 12 hours. The blaze, termed the worst oil fire in the history of the New Orleans area, caused over $1 million property loss and brought death to a plant worker, and injuries to several others, including firemen. Meraux is situated on the Mississippi River, approximately 18 miles from New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish. The vast plant includes a refinery, blending and cracking unit and…

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