Knoville Munitions Plant Saved by Skill of Chief Boyd
The Oliver munitions plant in Knoxville, Tenn., was recently damaged to the extent of about $10,000 by an incendiary fire that might have resulted in a very heavy loss, had it not been handled with energy and skill by Chief Sam B. Boyd. In fifteen minutes after the alarm was given, in the early evening, Chief Boyd responded with an efficient force and five streams were quickly thrown. The building, which was of wood with brick walls, burned rapidly, but the machinery, valued at $200,000, was saved from serious injury and the plant will be running again, it is expected, in a week. The fire was stopped in the shop where it originated and the buildings were undamaged. Colonel Oliver, owner of the works, received an anonymous letter a few days previously, threatening him with being put out of business within ten days. The plant had begun that day to make a very high-powered, doubleband shell for the Government, and a significant feature of the matter was the fact that another plant that had just started the manufacture of the same shell was destrojed by fire on the day it began the work.