Fire at Steel Plant Near Muncie

Fire at Steel Plant Near Muncie

A malleable steel casting plant outside the city limits of Muncie, Ind., was partially destroyed by fire recently. The fire was discovered at 4:45 p. m., but it was not until 5:30 o’clock that an alarm was sent in to the Muncie department. By that time the fire, which started in the rear, had travelled 700 feet to the front of the plant. Chief John E. Casey and nineteen firemen responded and had four hydrant streams on the blaze and succeeded in stopping the fire at the point it had reached on their arrival. The chief stated that if the alarm had been sent in at the time the fire started the department con’d have saved the plant. The cause of the fire was a gas explosion in a furnace in the nealing room building and the department stopped the fire at the pattern room. The structure was a one-story wooden building, 700 feet long. Three hydrants 600 feet apart were used and 2,800 feet of cotton rubber lined hose was in use. The loss on the building, valued at $250,000, amounted to $175,000, and that on the contents to $75,000.

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