Spontaneous Combustion Destroys Machine Plant in Toledo
Spontaneous combustion was responsible for a serious fire in the Banting Manufacturing Company’s threshing machine plant outside the city limits of Toledo, Ohio, recently. A watchman discovered the blaze in the center of the building, in the paint shop, at 6.41 p. m., and ’phoned an alarm to the nearest firehouse. The building, which was of wood and one story in height, was 50×600 feet in area, with partition walls of frame. Owing to the distance outside the city, the firemen were hampered in attacking the fire by low pressure and the necessity of stretching long lines of hose, the distance between the two nearest 4-inch hydrants and the fire being 1,000 and 2,000 feet respectively. The pressure was only 30 pounds. The fire forces were under command of District Chief Walter T. Wilcox, and numbered 22 men, with two steam fire engines, three hose wagons, and one ladder truck. Two engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 inches, and 3,000 feet of hose was laid. The loss on the property, which was valued at $200,000, was $65,000.