Motor Apparatus Plays Big Part in Checking Flames

Motor Apparatus Plays Big Part in Checking Flames

An explosion preceeded a fire which at its height was visible for twenty miles and which destroyed the plant of the Roxilite Company, film manufacturers in Hillside, N. J. The Hillside fire department, assisted by companies from Newark. Summit and Elizabeth, overcame the blaze after an eight-hour fight. Preliminary estimates of the damage ranged from $100,000 to $150,000. The location of the plant, distant from passable roads, made fighting the fire difficult. Chief William Zurich appealed first to Elizabeth and two engine companies responded. Notwithstanding the reiforcements the firemen found thcmselvi 3/8 unable to make headway and Chemical Company No. 1 of Summit was appeaYd to for aid. Chief Zurich then called on the Newark fire department and a piece of motor apparatus went to the fire. By midnight the blaze had been checked, but it was not until after dawn that it was extinguished. Fifteen men on night duly at the plant escaped, some of whom were in the main building, where the first explosion occurred, being forced to jump from second story. The fire is presumed to have started by strips of film, in process of manufacture becoming overheated and flashing into flame. After the first explosion others followed in quick succession, spreading the flames from one building to another. A breeze carried embers hundreds of yards and thteatened destruction to nearby structures. Employees of the plant worked tinder the direction of the firemen extinguishing small blazes started through the embers

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