Harbor Fire at Providence.
An explosion of 135,000 gal. of kerosene oil on the barge Harrison in the Providence river early on the morning of July 10 caused the destruction of the barge and an unknown lumber schooner, badly damaged the plant of the Texas Oil company and seriously injured two men, one probably fatally.
The property loss will probably exceed $100, ooo. The barge had been tied up at the dock of the Texas Oil company at Harbor Junction, on the west side of the river, and was i list starting down the river for New York in tow of the tug Edwin Moran of that city when the explosion occurred.
With the barge adrift and headed directly for the shipping and water front property, the situation became critical. The board of fire commissioners pressed into service all available lugs and directed them in the work of pulling vessels out of danger. The tug men worked valiantly, but despite their efforts the Harrison swept up alongside the three-masted barge, Helen A. Wyman, which was badly scorched before a tug darted to her descue anil pulled her away to a safe anchorage. The harbor was well filled with shipping, half of which consisted of barges and schooners loaded with coal and lumber. About the time the last vessel was towed to a place of safety the tideturned and carried with it out of the harbor the blazing quarter of a square mile of oil vomited forth bv the Harrison.