Leadership

FIGHTING FIRE IN BALED COTTON

Issue 5 and Volume 116.

FIGHTING FIRE IN BALED COTTON FIRE in baled cotton should not be considered just another fire. It has its own peculiarities which demand respect and consideration if a large loss is to be avoided. This type of fire is insidious in nature as a large percentage have started from causes “unknown.” Fires have been known to start in cotton that has been stored for months and in a part of the warehouse that was almost inaccessible until the cotton was moved. This cotton is often referred to as “cold” cotton. Fire has also been packed in a bale of cotton at the gin, and the bale has been received, weighed and placed in storage without the fire being detected. Bales involved in warehouse and yard fires have flared up even after they appeared to have been extinguished for several days. There is no set time after which a fire may…

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