02/09/07 189 W - + 12 - 9 "Terrible Flames"

Dramatic language on display in this the March 20, 1905 edition of the News & Observer: "Several experts visited the ruins of the Standard Oil Company's warehouse yesterday, and after half an hour's inspection of the huge oil tanks, expressed themselves as being amazed that these did not explode, and said that the successful prevention of this was almost a miracle. Learning that the Raleigh Fire Department was composed of volunteers, and that nearly the entire department, with hardly an exception, fought the fire, they said that such faithfulness is seldom seen anywhere. If the firemen had not kept two constant, heavy streams of water on the tanks during the entire conflagration, the tanks, they said, despite the air holes in the top, would have exploded; and to keep this water on the tanks the men were compelled to stand within twenty feet of the terrible flames from the oil and gasoline tanks, where the heat was hardly endurable, and which was intensely hot enough to set afire buildings situated at three times the distance. From the standpoint of personal risk, this was the most dangerous fire ever in Raleigh."

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