Suggests Wall to Prevent Spread of Oil Fires
Assistant Fire Chief Cronin, of Erie, Pa., has made a suggestion to the city council that, as the United Oil Company maintains two 56,000 storage tanks in the city without adequate means to protect surrounding property in case of fire, a heavy retaining wall, strong enough to withstand flames and high enough to contain all liquid stored in the tanks, be built to surround them. This, it was pointed out, would prevent the spread of the flames should a similar accident to that which occurred in Pittsburgh described in last week’s issue occur, namely, the igniting of an oil tank by a stroke of lightning. City Building Inspector McManus united with Chief Cronin in the recommendation.
At the same time they recommended to Safety Director Schmelzer the preparation of an ordinance regulating the storage of such inflammable material. The tanks referred to were erected two years ago with the consent of local and state officials and over the protests of Assistant Fire Chief Cronin and Building Inspector McManus. It is thought that measures to prevent the occurrence of a repetition of the Pittsburgh conflagration in Erie will be passed by the city council.