Celluloid Makes Hot Fire in Daltonville

Celluloid Makes Hot Fire in Daltonville

An explosion in the basement of the celluloid comb factory of George W. Richardson Company, caused a recent fire in Daltonville, a suburb of Newburyport, Mass., which resulted in a heavy loss. The factory was of wood, three stories high and about 30 years old, covering a space of 100 x 150 feet on a 25-foot street. It was sprinkler equipped. An automatic fire alarm gave the signal at 8:20 a. m. and when the department arrived, under command of Chief G. P. Osborne, the building was completely involved. The 60 men engaged had four steamers and use 3,500 feet of hose, cotton rubber-lined. The water supply came from a standpipe system and three hydrants were available, supplied by 6and 10-inch mains. In the hour during which the fire continued to burn the entire plant was destroyed with a loss of $22,000 on the buildings, their total value, and of $50,000 on the $60,000 contents.

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