The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on March 12, 1947 · 4
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 4

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Wednesday, March 12, 1947
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4 THE EVENING CITIZEN, Ottawa, Wednesday, March 12, 1947 40 Employes Escape Blaze In Eastview Damapp Mhtinuitrl At $.()(),()()0 Caused As Fire Hoar Through lMatics And Chemicals Company Roaring through the entire structure within a few moments, fire late yesterday afternoon totally destroyed the plant of Plastics and Chemicals Company. Limited, in Eastview and allowed some 40 employes, 23 of them women, to make their escape by the slimmest, of margins. Fed by lare quantities of manufactured plastics and organic solvent, the flames brought a loss of more than $500,000 to the firm, which was reorganized only a week ago, and left jobless 80 persons who comprised the night and day shifts. n.. c-1 . 1 V Caused when a short circuit in a 350 horse power electric motor in the power plant sent a sheet of flame into the walls and ceiling In the northwest corner of the big, one-storey structure, the fire fpread almost instantly to piles of plastic flooring stacked nearby and awaiting-shipment. His attention drawn by shouts of three employes who were in the smay partitioned-ofl power plant room at the time, Roland Seguin, general plant foreman, took In the situation at a glance and at once ordered everyone from the building. Mr. Seguin later told The Citi-rcn that he himself, after seeing the other employes make a hasty exit, rushed to the rear of the building to brin- emergency fire hose into play but, so quickly did the flames spread, he had no time to get the hose into operation. "I turned around just as I pot to the end of the building." he said, "and I knew at once that It would be useless to attempt to stop the fire. I started back towards the front of the plant but I could not make it and I was forced to gel outside through a side window." Eastview firemen were summoned by telephone and when they arrived they put through a call to the Ottawa Fire Department asking for assistance. A motor pumper from No. 6 station on McKay street, in charge of Lieut. R. Yaliquette and a crew of four firemen, responded. Largest Eastview riant Located on Hilton avenue at Stephenson street one block east cf the Russell road, the plant was one of the largest in Eastview and was the only one of its kind in this district. Roland .Srguin told The Cit!7tn thnt a large number fif plastics products were manufactured there Including plastic sheeting and flooring and special type of rubberized paint. The products already manufactured and the various highly in-flamable raw materials turned the plant into a racing Inferno and a huge column of oily black smoke towered thousands of feet into the sky. The smoke column, resembling the mushroom-like formation seen in pictures of the atomic bomb explosions, save for its color, was clearly visible in all parts of Ottawa and The Citizen was swamped by hundreds of telephone calls from persons anxious to know where the fire was.. Low water pressure hampered firemen terrifically and the streams from more than a dozen hoses did little more reach into the outer edges of the flaming Interior of the plant. From the roof and porch roof cf the home of Romeo Lepage immediately next door to the burning plant, firemen did what they could to direct the water to the best advantart but. despite two pumper working at top speed, pressure could not be brought up to the required degree. Mayor Donat Grandmaltre, Reeve Daniel Nault, Councillors Gordon Lavergne and Lionel Gladu and other members of Eastvlew's town council were quickly on the frcne and they remained through the height of the blaze in case their assistance was sought. Official In City Owned by Montreal interests whose president is R. F. Walsh, Plastics and Chemicals Co., Ltd., was formerly the Chamberlain Engineering Company and changed its name only last week. Edward Rowbotham. one of the officials from the Montreal office, was here Tuesday on a regular weekly visit to the plant but was unable to give a full estimate of the loss to plant and equipment until he had time to make a thorough check-up. One of the major losses aside from the large building itself was a brand new $50,000 press for the manufacture of plastic sheeting and which had not yet been put into operation. The press was purchased only a short time ago and was in the process of installa tion when the fire occurred. Hundreds of people, many of them children were attracted to the scene by the towering smoke column in the sky and firemen and Eastview police under Chief Richard Mannlon and Sgt. E. Martel had , difficulty in keeping them at a safe distance. There was considerable danger for a time from chemical explosions and also from high-voltage wires going into the plant from power lines outside. The wires . snapped in some cases and until the power could be cut off there was danger of spectators coming into contact with them. Breaking out at around 3.30 p.m. yesterday, the fire was not under control for more than two hours and smoke was still arising into the sky when darkness set in last night. No Homes Threatened Located on a large tract of land on the borderline between East-view and the village of Overbrook in Gloucester township, the plant was not close enough to other dwellings on Hilton avenue, save the Lepage home, to threaten seriously residential areas. Lack of any wind yesterday also lessened the danger of a major spread and firemen were not handicapped in that direction. Deeply rutted streets, slush and water- hampered fire apparatus en route to the fire but despite the bad driving conditions East-view firemen were on the scene within a few minutes of the outbreak. Roland Seguin. plant foreman who said he had been conversing with H. Poulson, the manager, and Lome Sylvia, assistant manager, when he first heard the cries of "fire." was depressed over wrmt the fire will mean to the 80-odd employes of the plant. "We have been working at top speed on night and day shifts and this means loss of bread and butter to most of us," he said. A large portion of the finished plastic products were awaiting shipment to Belgium, France and other European countries to which big orders have been sent constantly. While no official announcement was forthcoming last night it was stated unofficially that reconstruction of the plant will begin as soon as arrangements can be made. .Flames Around Motor Omer Serrurier, Base Line road, told The Citizen that he had been greasing machinery near the entrance to the room housing the 350 horse-power electrical plant. He opened the door to enter the room and noticed flames licking abount the giant motor. "I just yelled 'fire and started for the exit," he said. "Within seconds of my opening the door into the power room flames were roaring and crackling through into the mill room. "Once the fire reached the piles of plastic sheets in the mill room I knew there was little chance that anything could be saved. By this time everyone in the building was hurrying towards the exits and I got out too." Plant Foreman Roland Seguin said that a safe in the plant office which contained important papers and formulae had been closed and the combination locked "as feoon as the fire broke out and he did not believe any of the contents of the ' 'vyyyyw"...u. itniuuumwui .iiinKiMMwonwnc'-TKHj xvHtj9w .V' Ji, ' u 3 Cm fT ..I l Forty employes escaped with their lives i' i & '' x- ' - ' y A - V A Daylight Saving Begins April 27 For Most Cities With spring just around the corner so is daylight saving and most Canadian communities Including Ottawa, will advance the clock one hour on Sunday, April 27, for the summer months. During the war years daylight saving time was in effect by federal proclamation throughout the country and there was no argument. Now it's reverted to the old system of every man for himself and daylight saving it still a question of argument in some localities. However cities which have al ready announced daylight saving will start April 27 include Saint John, Montreal. Ottawa, Toronto, Regina. Moose Jaw. Winnipeg and Vancouver will also go on summer time, but haven't yet officially settled the date. They will likely conform with the others and with United States cities, which all make the change April 27. Sydney, NS, is another city that will advance the clacks but hasn't officially set the date, while the question is still undecided at Halifax. Canadian Architect Named To U.N. Board Ernest Cormier, prominent Canadian architect and designer of the University of Montreal, was chosen as one of the top-ranking architects from 14 of the 51 United Nations to assist In designing the projected United Nations skyscraper capitol to be constructed at the New York City site recently donated by John D. Rockefeller. Jr. The Board of Design Consultants, of which the United States representative, Wallace K. Harrison, was unanimously ' chosen as director, will consist of architects from Great Britain, Russia, France, Greece and other nations. The wife of the Greece appointee, John Antoniades, lives at 293 Somerset street west. She came to Canada in 1941 with her two children, Andrew and Betty, when the Germans invaded Greece. Her husband remained there until 1946. Mrs. Antoniades' two children attended Westboro and Elgin street public schools. Plant Chemistry Talk Opening a series of Ave scientific lectures which will be presented to the public during March and April at the National Research Council auditorium. Dr. Leo Marion, chemist in charge of the organic section of the council's chemical divson, spoke last night on oddities in plant chemistry. F. H. Sanders introduced the speaker. Read Citizen Classified Ads. Service In Timmins For Laic John Burke Largely attended by the Grey Sisters and the Sisters of Providence and many friends and neighbors, the funeral of John Burke who died suddenly at Timmins, was held recently from the Walker funeral home to Nativity church, Timmins, for solemn requiem mass, chanted by Rev. Father J. R. O'Gorman, parish priest, assisted by Rev. Father F. Murray as deacon and Rev. Father J. Callaghan as sub-deacon. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Mr. Burke, formerly of Cantley, Que., had been a resident of Timmins for the past three-and- Archbishop Telk Of Trip To Rome His Excellency Archbishop Vachon last night interested an audience of over 800 persons in the auditorium of La Salle Academy when he spoke on his recent trip to Vatican City and described the artistic and religious life of Rome. Mgr. Vachon had also visited a number of cities in France while abroad and he recounted his experiences in Paris, Lisieux and Lourdes. Following the address a film made at the coronation of Pope Pius XII was shown. A musical interlude was presented by a trio composed of Emile Richard, pianist, Arthur Richard, cellist and Henry Davidson, violinist. Caldara's "Di Provenza 11 mar" was sung by Frank Halpin. baritone, with Lucien Lafortune at the piano. Keifjliley Ousted LONDON, March 11 Reuters Keighley defeated St. Helens, 8-5. today in the second leg cf the Rugby League Cup first round but still was eliminated on total points for two games. Saint Helens overwhelmed Keighley, 17-7, Saturday. The White House in Washington, D.C., has been painted white since 1814. a-half years. He is survived by his wife, the former Bridget Ann Maloney, one son, Clarence 3urke of Timmins. two daughters. Sister St. John of the Cross. Pembroke, and Mrs. Joseph McNulty cf Timmins; two sisters. Mrs. Matthew Brennan of Ottawa and ! Mrs. James Maloney of Cantley. Eighty are out of jobs following $500,000 blaze. strongbox would be found to have been damaged. Steel lteams Twisted In addition to the safe the office in the northwest corner of the plant contained nothing but blackened file cases and twisted metal beams from the roof following the fire. All the wood-work in the room had burnt. Evidence of the terrific heat of the burning plastics was to be found in the twisted steel beams which held the tar and gravel roof. Valuable machinery was destroyed by the heat and crushing impact of steel roof beams. Mrs. Romeo Lapage, wife of the owner of the greenhouse on the south side of the plant, said that she was in the greenhouse when the fire started. "There was no explosion," she continued. "But in the few seconds it took me to get out of the greenhouse the plant wras a mass of flames." Ottawa fire fighters and the Gloucester Fire Department, under Chief John Brown, left the scene about 8.30 p.m., when all danger of the blaze spreading to nearby dwellings was removed. However, the Eastview Fire Department, Ad Club Tribute To W. L. Murray "Rambling with Rumble," an address dealing with the construction of the Alaska , highway, was delivered by Lance Rumble, of Toronto, at the semi-monthly meeting of the Advertising and Sales Club of ' Ottawa at the Chateau last night. Mr. Rumble was technical adviser' to the gen-eral-in-command of Alaska highway construction during the war. In the absence of the president, Walter M. Murray, whose father, the late Walter L. Murray passed away on Sunday, the vice-president, Lyn Baker took charge. Tribute from the chair was paid to the memory of the late Mr. Murray and two minutes silence was observed. "What Carleton College can do for the business community of commanded by Chief Adelard Lanoue, kept watch on the smouldering ruins throughout the night and morning to prevent any further outbreaks. Ottawa," will be the subject of an address by Dr. M. M. Mac-Odrum, Carleton College president, when the club meets on March 25. Members of the Ladles Advertising and Sales Club will be invited to attend, Graham Fraser, program chairman, stated. 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