Ice Melted Into Three-Story Iceberg
(From Our Regular Correspondent)
An explosion of an ammonia tank in the City Ice Company’s cold storage plant of Covington, Ky., followed by fire which raged for nearly six hours recently, wrecked the plant and caused the death of two Covington men. Thack Barnes, a machinist, and Everett Collins. The explosion blew out the walls of the building and left the roof supported by a mountain of ice which exposed to air melted into one mass, three stories high, gleaming forth like a huge iceberg swept ashore. The loss is estimated at $40,000 on the building and approximately a similar amount on the machinery and ice. Fire departments of Newport, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, both responded, Cincinnati sending three companies and life saving squad to help fight the flames. The fire was extinguished after a heroic fight. Mayor Thomas Donnelly of Covington in a public statement complimented Chief Barney J. Houston, of Cincinnati, on the efficient work of Cincinnati firemen at the disaster.