Cotton Compress Fire in Earle, Ark.
L. C. Jones, who has recently been reappointed as chief of Earle, Ark., writes FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING that the recent fire in the warehouses of the Earle Compress Company, which occupied a complete acre of ground in the northern part of the city, practically destroyed that plant and continued to burn for over twelve hours. The fire was discovered about 4 o’clock A. M. by a night watchman, whose hands and face were badly burned in attempting to control the fire after he had given the alarm. The buildings were of wood and about twelve feet in height. As there were no hydrants or other water supply near the buildings, they being situated on the putskirts of the city, very little could be done by the firemen to control the blaze. The damage to the buildings was about $60,000 and the loss on the contents amounted to $500,000.