American Agriculture Company Chemical Fire in Jacksonville
A fire, entailing a loss of more than a million dollars, early on the morning of July 16 destroyed the main plant of the American Agricultural and Chemical Company, located on the river front in the Talleyrand section, northeast of Jacksonville, Fla. Huge stocks of valuable chemicals and fertilizer were likewise destroyed. Thousands of dollars of damage was done to dock property, and approximately forty-eight cars, laden with chemicals and completed stock, were consumed by the flames. The fire was discovered at 4:40 a. m. in two parts of the main building and soon after this the bursting of chemical tanks added highly inflammable food to the flames. The intense heat drove the fire department, of which T. W. Haney is chief, and which at this fire was under command of Assistant Chief H. R. McMillan, back many times, but they pluckily renewed the attack, and finally brought the fire urqler control, saving all of the adjacent property from destruction. At one time there seemed more than a possibility of a general conflagration, as just to the south of the plant is the city electric power station, while to the north is the propertyof the Mexican Oil Company. Other oil plants in the immediate • icinity are those of the Standard Oil Company, the Gulf Refining Company and the Texas Oil Company. However, this danger was averted by the good work of the department, aided by the fact that there was verylittle if any wind. The main plant of the chemical company, on the river front, including a large portion of the docks and merchandise, and also forty box cars loaded with chemicals, as well as finished fertilizer products standing on the siding were burned. The fire seems to have started in each end of the main building at the same time and spread toward the center. The loss is placed at over a million dollars.