Exploding Gasoline Spreads Flames at Ravenna

Exploding Gasoline Spreads Flames at Ravenna

A fire starting from an unascertained cause at 8:12 P. M. in the mixing room of the plant of the Oak Rubber Company, in Ravenna, Ohio, resulted in the total loss of property. The alarm was pulled immediately on the outbreak of the fire and the department responded promptly under direction of Chief S. J. Frank, but large supplies of gasoline exploded and spread the flames so rapidly that the men, further hampered by a high wind, were practically helpless. The building, a brick structure three stories high, was located in the southwestern part of the city and had no private fire protection. The department was supplied with two White engines and laid 2,000 feet of hose, of which three lengths burst during action. Six hydrants were available, all double, two 4-inch, two 6-inch and two 12-inch, 100 feet apart and with pressure of 100 pounds. Ten hydrant streams were thrown, but no engine streams, and the nozzles used were 1and 1 1/4-inch. Street mains were 6 and 12 inches. The fire “burned itself out” in sixteen hours, several heavy explosions of gasoline and benzine occurring, and the property and contents, valued at $150,000, were a total loss.

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