Kerosene to Extinguish Cotton Fire

Kerosene to Extinguish Cotton Fire

According to reports, the Standard Oil Company of California recently received a hurry-up call from the cotton yards at Calexico, Cal., for kerosene to extinguish a fire which has broken out in the cotton bales. The application of kerosene to put out the fire is explained as follows: “A cotton bale has been subjected to heavy pressure; water will penetrate it but an inch or so, whereas kerosene will go clear to the center; a fire in a cotton bale does not blaze, simply smolders and eats its way into the bale; at the comparatively low temperature at which cotton burns and where there is no flame, kerosene does not ignite. After the fire is extinguished the bands are removed from the bale and the burned portions of the cotton stripped off. The use of kerosene has practically no detrimental effect on the cotton, and after it has been spread out for a few days all odor disappears.”

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