Sulphuric Acid Gives Firemen of Warren Hard Battle
A very disagreeable and somewhat dangerous fire to handle was that which Chief C. M. Gordon, of Warren, Pa., recently had to combat in the Riverside Acid Works plant, a one-story brick and tile building about 30 years old. located beside the railroad track. 2 1/2 miles from a fire station. The fire started in the storage part of the building from some unknown cause, at 10:40 a.m.. and an alarm was telephoned at 10:50. The plant had two pumps and 2-inch hose, but when the department arrived, under Chief Gordon, the fire had broken through the roof and it took three hours of good work to get it under control. The men employed one AmericanLaFrance and one Boyd chemical and hose truck and an American-LaFrance ladder truck. One city plug and five private plugs were available for use and as the city hydrant had a pressure of 125 pounds no pumps were needed. Twelve hydrant streams were thrown at one time and 2,200 feet of hose were laid. The nozzles were 1-inch and l 1/2-inch. The fire was held in the building of origin, which contained sulphuric acid, and the loss on the property, valued at $13,000. amounted to $7,000. and on the contents, valued at $10,000, to about $4,200.