Carbon Black Storeroom Destroyed by Fire in 1908

(05/31/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/29/1908.

The Carbon black factory, belonging to Godfrey L. Cabot, about three miles below town, was visited by fire Tuesday evening, which totally destroyed the stock house, and all that it contained.  The origin of the fire is not known, but it is supposed that fire was carried into the building in a bag of black.

The fire was discovered about seven o'clock Tuesday evening and by that time it had gained such headway that it was impossible to extinguish the flames, or save anything in the building, and only by dint of the hardest work by the employes of the plant, the fire was held in check and prevented from spreading to other buildings.  The building was almost entirely filled with black, machine supplies, a car load of paper bags, and other material.  The loss will probably exceed $10,000, and was partially covered by insurance.

The employes of the factory deserve great praise for their prompt and untiring work in keeping the fire from spreading to the other buildings.  The plant is probably the largest manufacturing establishment in the little Kanawha valley, and the loss would have been very great had the fire reached the packing rooms.  The fire will not cause the plant to shut down.


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