Cross Wires Cause Port Arthur Fire
Port Arthur, Tex., received a great shock recently when cross wires caused the destruction of the Texas Refining Company The structure, which stood one-half mile west of the corporation for eight years, was built of galvanized iron and wood, and partitioned, it was two stories high and occupied a space of 150 x 75 feet. Where the fire originated is unknown, but it was discovered by employes at 6.15 p. m. An alarm promptly brought the firemen on the scene. When the department arrived the building was ablaze. To fight this serious blaze 5,000 feet of linen hose were used. There were in the vicinity fifteen 1 and 6-inch double hydrants, located about 150 feet apart. Thirty hydrant streams were thrown, the pressure from the direct pumping system being about 100 pounds. The nozzles used were seven-eighth and one inch. The width of the street in front of the burned property was (i0 feet, in which a 12-inch main was laid. The loss of the building and contents, consisting of gasolene, oil and grease, was between $50,000 and $75,000. The fire, however, was stopped at the grease plant after a three-hour fight.