CEMENT AS A FIRE-EXTINGUISHER.
At Kansas City, Mo., the other day a long freight car specially constructed of steel, with furnaces under several heating tanks, the property of an asphalt company, stood next to another flatcar on which were mounted a mixer and a gasoline engine, with a big quantity of gasoline. Accidentally the asphalt boiled over into one of the furnaces. A fire thus created is always a very stubborn one, and is made worse if the fire department throws streams of water upon it, as the boiling asphalt causes the water to boil as soon as it reaches the tank, and forces more asphalt over the sides into the lire. If the fire is allowed to hum long the gasoline will explode. That being tile case Chief Reyburn, who was in charge, looked round for some means of extinguishing the blaze, while his men stood ready to open the fireplugs. He discovered some sacks of cement, and at once ordered the firemen to play a game of grab-bag and smother a fire they could not drown out. On the word every man had out his jacknife and over the blazing tank a crust of cement was being spread. A hundred sacks had been in the pile, and less than ten were left when the fire was extinguished. “That’s just like insect powder,” Chief Reyburn reflected afterwards. “’Tisn’t ‘pizen;’ but it smothers the critter.” The loss in asphalt and cement wasted was $100. The car was not damaged.