Flames Destroy Box Plant at Wilson

Flames Destroy Box Plant at Wilson

Mayor E. F. Killette, of Wilson, N. C., Chief at Time of the Fire.

A one story and basement, wood and sheet iron structure occupied by the W. L. Russell Box Company in the southern suburbs of Wilson. N. C., and containing quantities of shooks and lumber and machinery, was destroyed by fire on June 3rd. The cause of the fire is unknown, hut it started in the filing room on the south side of the plant which covered an area 150 by 80 feet. A watchman discovered the blaze at 10.30 A. M. and telephoned an alarm to the Wilson fire department of which Mayor E. F. Killettte was chief at that date. The building had no partition walls and the flames spread througt it with such rapidity that the chief found it a mass of flames all over and doomed. He with a paid engineer and twenty-seven volunteer firemen with one motor pumping engine and one horse-drawn ladder truck, both of American-La France make, made a hard fight against the flames, which fed by shooks and lumber spread rapidly and created much smoke and great heat, one fireman being overcome by heat. Automatic respirators were in use. The fire burned five hours and the motor pumping engine did effective work all that time. Two engine streams were thrown, 800 feet of hose being in use. The firemen worked well and prevented further spread of the flames. Mayor Killette has been a fireman for thirty years and for several years past has been chief, making an able and experienced one. Two years ago he was elected mayor and this year he was re-elected for another term of two years, so onaccount of pressure of business he resigned as chief of the fire department and A. L. Lancaster was elected chief and was confirmed as such on June 7. Chief Lancaster has been a fireman for several years.

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