Fire Sweeps Salt Works

Fire Sweeps Salt Works

Fire swept the plant of the Morton Salt Company in Marysville, Mich., on January 10, causing damage estimated at $3,500,000.

The blaze is believed to have originated in a dry kiln. Borne on a strong south wind it quickly spread to the other buildings. The first alarm was sounded at 7:30 p. m.

Green and blue flames, shooting more than 100 feet in the air, were visible for miles. The colored flames resulted from the chemical composition of the salt and materials used to refine it.

First fire fighting apparatus to arrive was handicapped by lack of water pressure, a factor which was overcome only after pumpers from adjoining communities reinforced them.

The refinery had been a familiar landmark, the site having been used for the manufacture of salt for the last seventy-five years.

The plant, the largest of the Morton’s five in the midwest, employed approximately 300 persons and produced about 250,000 tons annually.

Fire departments from Port Huron, St. Clair and the U. S. Coast Guard,

joined by auxiliaries from several surrounding communities, aided the Marysville Fire Department under the command of Chief James Nelson, in battling the flames throughout the night.

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