Company Speeding on Foggy Night From Stowe Township to Fight Oil Refinery Fire in Carnegie Plant at Heidelburg, Pa.— Many Injured

THREE volunteer firemen, all members of Hose Company No. 2 of the Stowe Township Volunteer Fire Department, one of the many suburban sections of the city of Pittsburgh. Pa., lost their lives when their pumper crashed down a steep embankment during a dense fog that bad settled over Pittsburgh and vicinity for several days. The men were speeding to the plant of the Carnegie Refining Co. in Heidelberg, Pa.

The oil plant blaze for a time, threatened to wipe out the entire refining unit covering several acres of ground. The fire was fought by a dozen fire companies from surrounding municipalities and the city of Pittsburgh.

In addition to the firemen killed and injured in the fatal crash of the fire apparatus, several other firemen were injured while fighting the blaze.

The fire started from some unknown cause. It was discovered by workmen around the plant who immediately summoned the Heidelberg firemen. After raging for several hours the fire had apparently been entirely extinguished, only to break out anew with more intense fury.

The, fire started in a large two-story brick building about one hundred feet wide and three hundred feet long used for the refining of oil. When the fire was at its height flames were leaping from all parts of the building and threatened five tanks each containing five thousand barrels of wax oil and eight tanks eacli of one thousand barrel capacity containing kerosene. At the extreme end of the plant were several large tanks containing’ large quantities of refined gasoline. These tanks,, some of which were located along both sides of the burning building, were saved.

Ruins of Oil Refinery of Carnegie Refining Company at Heidelberg, Pa.

The second outbreak of the fire took place about 9:30 p. m. Firemen were called from Carnegie. East Carnegie, Grafton, Ingram. Kirwin Heights, Bower Hill, Bridgeville, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon and Stowe Township as well as one paid Fire Company from the city of Pittsburgh. Two companies were sent to the fire from Stowe Township, one of which had the accident. There was a scarcity of fire hydrants.

One half mile north of Ingram the apparatus from Stowe Township suddenly left the paved road and rolled down a steep embankment fifty’ feet into a deep gully pinning the firemen beneath and practically demolishing the heavy gasoline pumper.

Two fireman were living when taken from the wreckage; one died enroute to the Ohio Valley Hospital, and the other died from a fractured skull an hour after being admitted to the Mercv Hospital. The third man died some time later from injuries received. The other members of the company who were more or less injured in the crash were taken to the Ohio Valley Hospital for treatment.

Dauphin County Firemen to Meet in June—Arrangements are being made for the convention of the Dauphin County hiremen’s Association to be held in Harrisburg. Pa., June 7 and 8.

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