Wood Plant Fire at Bayonne

Wood Plant Fire at Bayonne

At Bayonne, N. J., January 11, the plant of the Precious Wood Handling Company, covering about an acre, was burned, with an estimated loss of $100,000. The two buildings destroyed were of two and three stories, of frame construction, built of yellow pine, and covered with corrugated iron. The fire started from an unknown cause in the third story of the building next to the boiler building, and was stopped in the adjoining building. A district telegraph call summoned the fire department at 1.38 a. m., followed by a box alarm one minute later. Two night employees endeavered to use the plant’s fire service, but the fire prevented them from starting the pump. When Chief Alfred Davis reached the fire with the first companies due, it was beyond control; one building was wholly in flames and the other was igniting through unprotected windows, and was burning throughout before water could reach it, so quickly did the flames spread. The buildings were located 1,000 feet from the nearest hydrants. Adjoining the plant, on two sides, were highly inflammable oil plant buildings, and on another side was a soap works, which, by hard work and excellent management, the department saved without any loss.

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