The Cover Story
Exploding 55-gallon drums of paint manufacturing ingredients stored alongside the pigment warehouse of the Jaefle Paint and Varnish Company created a spectacular fire in East Camden, N. J., last April.
Chief Edward Michalak reported that the three-alarm fire was brought under control in about an hour. Flames and thick smoke rose high in the air as the alarms were struck in rapid succession. Hundreds of drums were involved in a chain reaction of explosions which continued for more than an hour and ignited the pigment warehouse. Damage was confined to the drums and the warehouse, which was destroyed.