Railroad Shops Destroyed at Cleburne, Tex.
A recent fire at Cleburne, Tex., destroyed considerable property belonging to the Santa Fe Railroad Company, including car shops and sheds. These were located in the northern part of the city. They were constructed of wood, covered with galvanized iron, about two years ago. The fire started about 9.30 p. m., in the south end of the building, having been caused by an explosion. An alarm called out a fire department with two hose wagons, four reels, and a hook and ladder truck. Upon the arrival of the department the fire was found burning through the top of the sheds. In the vicinity were twelve 6-inch double hydrants located about 100 feet apart. With 5,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, four lengths of which burst, ten hydrant streams were maintained with a pressure of 40 pounds. After four hours the flames were checked in the lumber yards in the northern part of the premises. The buildings were located some distance from the nearest fire station, and when the explosion occurred it set the whole roof on fire. The alarm was sent in by telephone and was responded to at once. Notwithstanding the efforts of the department, the loss on the building was placed at $50,000 and on the contents $20,000.
Gulfport, Miss., has had 23 suspicious fires in 16 months. Only in the last, when a woman’s house went up, was the occupant arrested, and she, merely on suspicion.