Night Fire Destroys Cotton and Part of Plant in Greenwood

Night Fire Destroys Cotton and Part of Plant in Greenwood

Thirty-five hundred bales of cotton were consumed at the recent fire in Greenwood, Miss., which burned the en_____ tire northern section of the Greenwood Compress and Storage Company. The fire broke out about 11:10 p. m., and is supposed to have originated in the ignition of a bale by a spark from the cotton gin, and had already gained great headway when discovered by the nightwatchman. Had it not been for good work by the department and volunteers, under Chief Sam Bridges, the whole town might have burned, it is said; that and the fact that, fortunately, there was a strong brick partition wall prevented the flames from spreading to the sheds south of the building. Chief Bridges had eight streams playing at one time. Four lines of hose were kept playing on the brick wall to keep the fire from breaking through to the sheds. The loss on the building was not estimated at the time of sending the report, but the cotton was valued at $700,000.

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