For the second time in eight months fire has swept through an industrial area of Chelsea, Massachusetts, causing widespread damage.
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Background: For the second time in eight months fire has swept through an industrial area of Chelsea, Massachusetts, causing widespread damage.
The fire was in the same area where an outbreak destroyed a 20 block industrial area last October, causing damage ???meted at 100-million dollars (about 26 million pounds) and leaving more than a thousand people homeless.
The latost blaze started Wednesday morning (May 22) in a factory making wooden and metal barrels. Chemicale inside the factory exploded, blowing off the roof and one side of the building. The fire quickly spread. It engulfed a nearby ??? warehouse, a plastics firm, an industrial supplies company and a rubber plant.
Poor water pressure, which came in for criticism during East October's blaze, was again blamed for preventing firemen containing the blaze. The Chelsea Fire Chief, Herbert Fothergill, said that when one hose was turned on, only a week, rusty trickle of water came out.
Six firemen were treated for smoke effects, but there were no other injuries.
SYNOPSIS: The town of Chelsea in Massachusetts has had its second major industrial fire within eight months....and again it's brought a storm of protest over water pressure available to firemen. The latest blaze started on Wednesday and quickly spread through a four block factory area. The blaze started in a factory making wooden and metal barrels. Firemen were quickly on the scene, but low water pressure in the area made it almost impossible to stop the blaze spreading.
The latest bl???e wasn't as serious, but it again raised serious doubts about facilities available to firemen. The Fire Chief said one hose produced only a sprinkle of rusty water when turned on. Damage was later estimated at one-million dollars.