Fire Losses Nearly Eight Million This Week

Fire Losses Nearly Eight Million This Week

Heavy Fire Record Promises to Swell February Losses to Exceed Those of January—Blaze in New York Menaces Large Dry Dock—Fire Causes Explosion of Ammonia Drum

Section of Ammonia Drum Weighing 255 Pounds Blown 1,000 Feet by Explosion

Heavy Ammonia Drum Blown 1,000 Feet

A drum containing ammonia used in the manufacture of artificial ice exploded at a fire in Lubbock, Texas, and a section of it weighing 255 pounds was thrown one thousand feet. The illustration gives a clear idea of the huge piece of metal. The jar from the explosion caused two smokestacks, one 36 feet and the other 60 feet high, to collapse barely missing four members of the fire department of Lubbock working from the top of box cars when the building caught on fire. The structure, which occupied a space of 125 x 125 feet east of the railroad tracks in the eastern part of the city and was part of the Texas Utilities Light, and Ice Plant, was one story in height, and constructed of concrete blocks. The fire started in the center of the building from an unknown cause at 10:55 p. m., and when the Lubbock fire department, under command of Chief W. Ii. Twitty and consisting of twenty men, arrived the entire building was enveloped in flames. The building involved was 1,600 feet from the nearest fire plug, which necessitated the laying of 1,800 feet of hose, two hydrants being available and two engine streams being thrown on the fire from the American-LaFrance pumper. The explosion occurred shortly after the men of the department had started to work on the fire. The fire was stopped at the ice vaults after it had burned three hours and the loss on the structure was $120,000 and on the contents, consisting of light and ice machinery, $118,000.

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