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Sprinklers Shut Down, Jersey Factory Destroyed

Issue 9 and Volume 117.

Sprinklers Shut Down, Jersey Factory Destroyed Paterson fire fighters barred from outside sprinkler connection by heat and flame FLAMES that could be seen 15 miles away, lit up the sky over Paterson, MN. J., on March 12 and brought a seven-alarm response to block-long factory which was eventually destroyed. Radiant heat and flying embers damaged three other buildings and five automobiles parked in the neighborhood. There were no injuries, but about 15 families were evacuated from their homes, under orders of Chief Harold Kane. Situated on Vreeland Avenue, the factory measured 120 by 60 feet, was two stories high, and of mill construction. Occupancy was mixed, with three electronics firms on the first floor and a sportswear manufacturer on the second. The building was sprinklered, but it was later discovered that the main valve had been shut off. Because of delayed discovery and rapid spread of the fire, first companies…

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