SEVEN MONTHS ON FIRE.

SEVEN MONTHS ON FIRE.

The Baltimore fire of February 7 still smoulders in at least three spots. These are in the neighborhood of Union dock and Pratt street. In the ruins of the junk establishment of N. Frank and Sons the fire, which had been latent in smoke bags all these months, broke out the other day when a mass of bricks that had covered the rubbish was removed, and the flames immediately rose to the height of four or five feet. As a woodyard is immediately opposite, the fire was (probably only temporarily) put out of sight once more by piling the bricks on it. At Pratt street, where the Bolgiano seed house stood, some seeds had been smouldering and the bricks covering them were found on removal to be so hot that the men could not handle them, and were forced to abandon work on them. Where a wholesale feed merchant close by had his wholesale warehouse, a thin cloud of smoke was seen to issue last week from under a pile of bricks. Three months ago the fire department was called out to extinguish the flames from these ruins, and the police state that that place has never ceased to smoke since February 7. Union dock, where was the final battle with the fire, continued for four weeks to be lit up at night by the flames, which darted in and out from one spot to another over heaps of bricks and lumber. They were at last extinguished, but at the three spots already mentioned, there is still danger of fire working its way to the dock, which is lined on both sides with lumber yards and piles of dried timber. It is true the fires have been surrounded with heaps of bricks, which, it is claimed, can be depended upon to prevent their spread. But the risk is one that should be removed at once. In this case the burned Baltimorean child does not seem to dread the fire.

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