West Cambridge Iron Foundry Wrecked by Fire
The Cambridge works of the Chicago Iron & Steel Company of Chicago, Ill., located at West Cambridge, O., was almost totally destroyed by fire of unknown origin July 18. The building was of wood construction, with iron siding and rubberoid roofing, occupying a space of 80 by 400 feet. An employee found the shipping room in flames at 2.30 Sunday afternoon and sounded the whistle, while other employees secured apparatus in the building in a vain attempt to save the plant. Their efforts were futile, however, the flames spreading with great rapidity to the roof. It was but a short time until the entire building was a heap of ruins piled upon the valuable machinery of the plant. It was feared that the large stack on the furnace would fall and for a time the expediency of cutting the guy wires was considered. This was not done, however, as the flames soon ate their way through the roof and although a number of guy wires parted, a sufficient number remained intact to hold the stack in position. All the companies in Cambridge responded to the alarm and under Chief Long worked diligently to save any part of the building and succeeded in saving the oil house and boiler room. Five loaded box cars on the Pennsylvania Railroad switch were burned, and a flat car damaged. The loss on the plant and machinery was estimated at over $100,000, and insured for $76,200.