Five-Alarm Fire in Philadelphia
An explosion of tanks in the naphthaline building of the Barret Manufacturing Company’s chemical plant, at Frankford, Philadelphia, resulted in a five alarm fire attended by twenty engine companies, six truck companies and one chemical. A complete breakdown of the electrical end of the company’s private high pressure system caused a low pressure water condition which necessitated the large force of pumpers. Engaged in preventing the spread of the flames throughout the surrounding manufacturing district were fifty officers and 366 members of the Philadelphia Fire Bureau. Seven firemen were injured, Captain Devine of Engine Company No. 30 receiving a fractured shoulder, Hoseman Greaf of the same company a fractured jaw, and Hoseman Taylor, an overseas veteran, who was overcome by smoke. Others were overcome by the poisonous gases or cut by projecting nails and removed to Frankford Hospital. One employee of the Barret plant was burned to death in the fire. Engine No. 14 was the first to arrive on the scene. The five alarms followed each other in rapid succession. The first alarm went in shortly after six a. m. The fire was reported out at 11:28 a. m.
WILLIAM M. CROWE