Oil Works Destroyed at Bayonne
A large quantity of lubricating oil, gasoline, kerosine, asphalt glue, tar products, a large and several railroad tank cars were destroyed in a recent fire at the plant of the Texas Oil Co., Bayonne, N. J. The fire started from an unknown cause at 4.09 p. m. The burned structure, two stories high, was located on a 600-foot dock, and was built of wood and corrugated iron three years ago. The estimated value of this building was $300,000. The loss on the building and contents is estimated at $350,000. Despite the highly inflammable character of the contents Chief Alfred Davis and his men were able to check the spread of flames to the barrels of oil located in other parts of the plant. The local press praised the excellent work of the department. Five 6-inch double hydrants were in use with about 30 pounds pressure at each. Six engine and five fireboat streams were thrown. About 8,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose was in service with and 1 1/8-inch nozzles. Two lengths burst. The water supply system at Bayonne is gravity. The water main near the fire was 12 inches in diameter. One deluge set was used. Chief Davis was high in praise of the excellent water pressure. About 70 firemen worked at the blaze. The pumping apparatus in service consisted of a Robinson motor engine and four “steam engines.