Shreveport Cotton Oil Company s Plant Burned
The plant of the Henderson Cotton Oil Company, about one-quarter mile south of the city limits of Shreveport, La., caught fire at 11 P. M. in the machine shop. The alarm was telephoned by the watchman at 11:07 P. M., and when the department arrived under command of Assistant Chief S. J. Floren, the fire was rapidly burning. The building, which was a one-story structure, constructed of brick and having no partition walls, was about six or seven years old. The apparatus at the fire consisted of two triple combination pumpers, one pumper and hose. There were two 6-inch double hydrants available, about 300 feet apart, with a pressure of thirty-five pounds at the hydrants. Two engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 inches, being supplied by a 6-inch water main on the property of the oil company. The watchman reported that the cause of the fire was unknown. Chief C. O’Brien arrived at the scene of the fire shortly after the department and took command of the operations. The fire was stopped at the engine room after burning an hour and a half. The property was valued at $450,000.