Fire Destroys Cleveland Paint Plant

Fire Destroys Cleveland Paint Plant

Static electricity was believed to be the cause of the fire which destroyed the Patterson-Sargent Co., plant in which paint and varnish was manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio. One workman was killed and three were injured.

A loose belt operating on a sixteen-inch shaft and close to the mixing vats is believed to have generated sufficient static electricity to throw off some sparks. A workman who entered to adjust the belt was killed.

About two seconds after the explosion that followed, workmen were running excitedly through the plant and shouting a danger warning. Shortly after the blast, the entire building was in flame. Inside of the plant there were twenty drums if lacquer and pyroxylin and these steel drums exploded—the head of one drum blew up through the roof and crashed down at the place where the fire apparatus was stationed. Large quantities of water were poured onto the building before the fire was believed to be under control.

Baltimore Retires Three Battalion Chiefs—The fire board of Baltimore, Md„ has retired three battalion chiefs from active service. They are John R. Miller chief of the seventh battalion, William J. McDonald, chief of the eighth battalion, and Eugene Short, chief of the tenth battalion. The following captains have been promoted to the positions made vacant: George D. Otter, John F. Steadman and Hugh J. Lavery. There were subsequent promotions all the way down the ranks.

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