El Paso Firemen Help Their Neighbors
A loss of $50,000 was incurred when a fire of unknown origin destroyed the main building of the El Paso Refining Company plant, located on the northewest corner of Martinez street and Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad Tracks in El Paso, Tex. In describing this fire our correspondent says: “The El Paso Refining Co. plant is located east of and outside the city limit. The building covers a ground space of 60 x 140 feet. It was one story high, and built of brick and wood about four years ago. The main building, which burned, contained approximately $25,000 worth of manufacturing products. The fire broke out about 5.20 a. m., near the smoke stack, but from what cause we have not been able to learn. A telephone alarm was responded to by the department with one Robinson combination chemical and hose automobile and one apparatus of the same make drawn by horses. The firemen found, upon their arrival, the main building practically enveloped in flames. The chief ordered 1,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose run out and with a double hydrant, one stream was kept playing on the flames for two and one-half hours. There was a hydrant pressure of 70 pounds, the water main being 3 inches in diameter. Our water pressure is gravity. The refining plant had no equipment for fighting fire except Mimimax extinguishers. It should be understood that this fire occurred outside the city limits about one and one-half miles from the nearest fire station, but on request for assistance the department responded and managed to save the office building and about $10,000 worth of oils which were in tanks adjoining this building. The contents of the building consisted largely of cotton seed oil, olea stearine, crates, barrels and cans.