Baltimore Firemen Have Busy Day
Three large fires in the same section within twelve hours gave Baltimore firemen a stiff workout on July 24. The first started early in the morning when waste oil became ignited in the harbor at Clinton and Boston Streets. Two tugs and a coal barge were damaged and two alarms were sounded.
Later in the morning three buildings of a paint factory just outside the city line went up in a blaze marked by twenty explosions. The fire was discovered by two employees who were blown out through a doorway by the first explosion. City and county firemen were able to save two other buildings of the plant, known as the Intercoastal Paint Corp. A spark is believed to have ignited fluid that was being mixed.
A $100,000 fire, just four hours later, finished the day’s heavy work. This time it was the Home Laundry Company in the 200 block south Clinton St. Discovered by a driver at closing time, the fire gutted the entire plant. Six alarms were pulled in rapid succession calling twenty-five companies. At times it threatened to sweep the block, but firemen managed to confine it to the plant. Adjoining dwellings were slightly damaged. An estimated crowd of 10,000 spectators jammed the streets and hindered the movements of firemen.