Cocoa Factory Wrecked at Jersey City

Cocoa Factory Wrecked at Jersey City

The Brewster Cocoa Manufacturing Company’s plant at Jersey City, N. J., occupying an entire block, was recently destroyed by fire. There were two separate fires in the plant during the one night. The first blaze occurred on the second floor of the plant about 8 o’clock, and was discovered in some packing boxes by a watchman who gave the alarm. This fire was extinguished with comparat_____vely little damage. About 4 the next morning a woman living across the street from the factory saw a red glow in the fourth story window of the plant. She shouted “fire” and a patrolman nearby went to the factory and aroused the watchman who was unaware of the fire. The officer gave the alarm. The fourth floor of the plant was used for the storage of cocoanut shells and these furnished excellent fuel for the flames. Deputy Ch ef Kern, on his arrival, saw the entire top floor was a mass of flames and he sent in a second alarm that brought Chief Roger Boyle to the fire. Chief Boyle saw at a glance the dangerous character of the fire and he immediately ordered third and fourth alarms, bringing practically all the apparatus to the fire. Shortly after the arrival of the first apparatus the fourth floor gave away and in quick succession the remaining floors gave away under the weight of heavy machinery. Only the four brick walls of the building then remained enclosing the blazing material. When the machinery fell the two boilers exploded. Chief Boyle handled the fire very skilfully and prevented the flames from spreading to adjoining property. While the heat from the factory building was sufficient to set some of the nearby buildings on fire Chief Boyle was able to extinguish them before they did much damage. The south wall fell about eight o’clock and injured two firemen. The loss on property and contents was estimated at $75,000.

Chief Roger Boyle, Jersey City, N. J.General View of Ruins of Cocoa Factory at Jersey City, N. J., Showing Parts of Walls Standing.

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