Fires of Unknown Origin

Fires of Unknown Origin

Recent large fires of unknown origin which have occurred of late in various parts of the country are as follows: A grain elevator in Jacksontown, O., burned, with a loss of $15,000; the bronze powder plant of the U. S. Aluminum Company, at New Kensington, Pa., was destroyed by explosion and fire, with five men killed and a loss of $300,000 sustained (this plant is said to have been engaged in making liquid fire for an allied government); a three-story brick building at Paxinos, Pa., used as a general store, was destroyed, with a loss of $35,000; the tipple of the Portage, Pa., Coal Company burned, causing the mine to shut down, which had been furnishing a heavy tonnage for Government and railroad orders; the gas plant of Oelwein, Ia., Gas Company was destroyed; Camp Devens, at Ayer, Mass., was visited by another destructive fire, in which personal effects of soldiers, valued at $3,000, were lost; a business section of Cleveland, O., called the entire city department to work over thirteen hours at a spectacular night fire, where $350,000 worth of property was destroyed and the downtown section of the city threatened.

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