New Fire Extinguishing Material
A recently invented fire-extinguishing material consists of a granular or sub-divided material capable, like cork, of floating on the surface of a burning liquid such as oil, gasoline, etc., and renders it non-combustible. Preferably the inventors treated thhe cork with a solution of silicate of soda which forms a coating on the cork and renders it practically non-combustible, the coating being retained on the cork when dry. This material, already prepared, is stored for use and in case of fire is thrown upon the burning liquid and by spreading out and distributing itself over the surface, forms a floating blanquet of uniform thickness, which prevents access of air to the oil or gasoline and thereby smothers the fire. Other floating or buoyant material besides cork may be employed, according to the inventors, and the extent of the granulation or sub-division of the material may be varied. The inventors, who are James B. Ellery, Erie, Pa., and Adam Drumtra, Binghamton, N. Y., have named the material “Eldrex,” and the patent number is 1.435,957.
The city council of Broadbead, Wis., it is expected, will purchase within a few weeks a new piece of fire apparatus. At present the equipment is towed by auto.