Test of Fire Brick at Newburg.
City officials from all parts of Ohio recently witnessed an interesting experiment at the Newburg, Ohio, plant of the American Steel and Wire Company, where a newly invented interlocking hollow brick was tested for its fire resisting qualities. The test was unique in that it was the first of its kind ever made under load. Fifty-seven tons of iron had been placed on top the small hollow brick structure. Building Inspector Marani. upon whose suggestion the test was made, will recommend that the interlocking brick be considered in the building code as a result of the experiment. Three cords of oil-soaked wood were set afire inside the house, and when the temperature reached 2,000 degrees at the top a stream of water was brought into use. The outside walls of the building were cool when the fire had reached its height. Not a crack was caused by the heat of the fire, and the bricks were not weakened. Among those who attended the test were: Building Inspector Marani, Assistant Inspector J. P. Cross, E. A. Roberts, secretary of the Builders’ Exchange: Victor Thebaud and Livingston Fewsmith. of the Cleveland Architectural Club: W. C. Denison, Bert J. Graham and George Denison, of the Ohio Clay Company; W. S. Lougee, former building inspector, and F. J. Frink, of the Frink Pyrometer Company. The fire chiefs were: W. H. Lallor, Youngstown; D. K. Moser, Warren; Robert Mesner, Canton; George Knofflock, Mansfield; Arthur Aungst, Alliance; T. J. McFarland, Marion, and E. C. Essex. Lorain.