Aeroplane Factory Destroyed.
An explosion that is thought to have been caused by spontaneous combustion, occurred in a paint shop of the Burgess Aeroplane Company, Marblehead, Mass., November 7, and the resulting fire destroyed the plant, which was filled with Government aeroplanes and a storehouse belonging to the Stearns & McKay Company, containing forty yachts. The plant had been closed in order to permit the employes to celebrate the signing by the Germans of the armistice conditions, when the false report came in. There being only one watchman on duty at the time, the fire gained great headway before he could reach it and give the alarm. The local department, of which John T. Adams is chief, responded promptly and sent immediately for help to the neighboring cities of Salem, Lynn, Peabody and Danvers, but the flames spread so quickly from the point of origin to the Stearns & McKay plant that the yachts were all destroyed before the fire could be controlled. The total loss is estimated at.over $300,000. All the airplanes under construction were destroyed. Perhaps the most famous among the yachts was the Sumatra, which was one of the successful American defenders against the German sonder class boats in their last race in American waters before the outbreak of the war. Another of the racing yachts burned was the Little Rhody, well known to North Atlantic yachtsmen.