PACKING HOUSE FIRE.
Reid Brothers’ packing house in Armourdale, just outside Kansas City, Mo., was burned Sunday, causing a loss of $1,000,000. The fire orginated in the third story of the hog building, a three-story structure, 78×200 feet, about 6.80 o’clock. It spread with great rapidity and speedily attacked the engine house on the south. By 7.10 the first wall fell next the flames spread to the five ice houses, each 150 by 200 feet in size, destroying them all. The storage building was next, filled from top to bottom with pork, constituting the heaviest stock ever carried. The floors and walls were literally soaked with grease, and burned like powder.
The firemen were practically powerless, though the departments of both Kansas cities responded, because o light water pressure. The buildings helng wood too, and all more or less grease soaked, rendered efforts on the burning structures useless, The most that could be done was to save the beef building and almost superhuman efforts were required to accomplish that.
The house wus established in 1887 by Kingan & Co. the Indianapolis packers, as a branch, managed by William P. Reid. In 1808 the name was changed to Reid Brothers’ Packing Company. It is one of the oldest and wealthiest houses in the business, having its origin in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1850.
The plant was located on a sixteen-acre lot just over the bridge from Kansas City in Armourdale and had a daily capacity of 700 cattle, 850 sheep and 8,000 hogs. The average number of employees was 1,100. The site is in the river bottons and thousands of people crowded upon the west bluffs to view the magnificent spectacle.