Cotton Compress Burns at Holly Spring
Another cotton compress was burned when the Grenada Compress Company’s plant was burned to the ground at Holly Springs, Miss., on January 13. The blaze started on a very cold night, at 1:55 a. m. A very high wind prevailed and to make matters worse the telephone message from the Compress to the fire department was delayed on account of the late hour at night, and absence of the regular telephone operator. When Chief Edward Rogers and his men arrived, the fire was completely beyond control, and he immediately ordered his men to line up and protect the surrounding property. By judicious handling of his men, the chief was able to keep the fire confined to the one plant. Even though the loss totalled nearly $260,000, one piece of work for which Chief Rogers deserved and received great credit was the saving of the boiler at the plant. The building occupied a plot 600 by 250 feet on the outskirts of the city. It was one story in height and built about twenty years ago of wood and galvanized iron. There were no partition walls, and it took only an instant for the flames to flash across the cotton bales from one end of the building to the other. Chief Rogers had eleven men under his command, and they used four hand hose carts and four lines of hose. Only three hydrants were within reach and these were spaced 600 feet apart. The water pressure was sixty pounds and was sufficient to supply four streams. Practically the entire loss was in bales of cotton.