Bakery Fire at Louisville
Burning coals in the oven fire-pit of the Grocers’ Biscuit Company, 652-656 South Seventh street, Louisville, Ky., ignited empty cracker boxes stored in the basement at 7.30 p. m., September 24, resulting in a fire which gutted the three-story brick plant and damaged stock and machinery at an estimated loss of $115,000. Four firemen were slightly injured by falling bricks and others were forced to flee when the rear end of the south wall crashed downward across an alley. Four lines of hose were buried beneath the crumbled masonry. The falling of the burning roof beneath the weight of a 3,000-gallon water tank a few minutes before the side wall fell sounded a warning which allowed most of the firemen to get to safety. Three alarms were sent in when the fire threatened the adjoining; printing establishment of the Bradley & Gilbert Company. A $20,000 addition to the baking company’s plants, completed only three weeks before, was destroyed. The main plant was damaged to the extent of $15,000, while the loss to machinery and stock was fixed at $80,000. The principal damage was from water, which filled the basement in which almost $100,000 worth of sugar and flour was stored. Only fancy cakes and crackers were baked in the plant. The firemen saved several frame buildings. They made their strongest fight against the spread of the flames to the large printing plant north of the baking company, and their efforts were successful.