Lee Tire Fire

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Lee Tire Fire - FIRE DAMA6ES TO LS Blaze Discovered at Chain...
FIRE DAMA6ES TO LS Blaze Discovered at Chain Industries Plant Early Saturday Morning; Main Building Is Destroyed. Fire of undetermined origin early yesterday morning heavily damaged the building and machinery of the Lee Tire Chain Industries factory located on E. Water Street near the Missouri Pacific Depot. J. L. Payton, Payton, president of the plant, last night estimated the loss at approximately approximately $40,000. The fire in the factory was discovered discovered shortly after six o'clock yesterday morning when tenants of au apartment on the east side of Monroe Street observed flames shooting from one of the mechanical mechanical departments in the rear of the plant. When the f ire department reached the factory, which is adjacent to the Terminal Hotel at the comer of Monroe and Water Street, the main buildings of the plant were a bum- ing inferno, masses of flames shooting shooting from the windows and roofs of ,he three buildings comprising the >lant. Three streams of water were played on the burning buildings by the fire fighters and 1,500 feet of hose were used in combating the stubborn flames, which were brought under control after more than two hours of terrific fighting by the fire department members. Water shot on the burning interior interior walls and machinery at first seemed to have little effect. Grease used in the manufacture and protection protection of chains and other, products made by the factory andXsyjilch. had accumulated on the floors and walls of the buildings augmented the fire and made the flames more difficult to extinguish. Roofs on the buildings caved in before the fire was finally brought under control. Although the exact cause was not determined, Payton said he believed the fire had its origin from sparks created in the steel polishing department department located in the rear of the plant. He is of the impression a spark alighted in a pile of leather near the polishing machine before the plant quit operation about midnight midnight and smouldered there several hours before igniting the entire plant. The fire spread quickly from this department and engulfed the main floor to the west and other portions of the plant. The flames poured into several of the' rooms on the east side of the Terminal Hotel and threatened other buildings nearby, but efforts of the fire fighters in shooting protecting streams of water at intervals over the buildings close by kept them from catching on fire. Part of the machinery in the plant was damaged beyond further use, but the most valuable units used in (Continued on page 16)

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  1. Daily Capital News and Jefferson City Post-Tribune,
  2. 30 Oct 1932, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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