Death in a Memphis Fire

Death in a Memphis Fire

A recent fire in one of the seed houses of the Buckeye cotton oil mill, near Memphis, Tenn., caused the death of one member of the fire department, whose chief is Michael J. Fitzsimmons. The fire originated from spontaneous combustion soon after 4:30 a. m. and men at work in the building attempted to extinguish it, but, failing in their efforts, sent in an alarm about 4:50 a. m. The department utilized the mill’s private water system and soon had the fire under control. Frank Campagna, a ladderman, was standing on the porch of the building pouring a stream of water through the doorway, when a shed collapsed, pinioning Campagna and the others under the wreckage. Campagna was instantly killed by heavy timbers, but the other men were not seriously hurt.

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