Louisville, KY Louisville Bolt & Iron Co. Fire, Feb 1902

BIG FIRE AT LOUISVILLE LOSSES VERY HEAVY

LOUISVILLE HAS FIRE; BOLT AND IRON CO'S PLANT.

Louisville, Ky..Feb. 18--Fire which broke out this morning partially destroyed the plant of the Lousiville Bolt and Iron Company at Second and L streets, in this city, causing a loss of $100,000. The flames started in the heading room of the mills.

A pipe carrying crude oil to the furnaces exploded and the oil coming into contact with the molten metal at once began to blaze fiercely. By the time the engineers arrived the fire had gained such headway that it could not be checked and the entire plant covering two and a half acres, was soon burned, the firemen being handicapped by the frozen water plugs and insufficient supply of water.

The plant was one of the largest of its kind in the south and was originally organized several years ago in Anderson, Ind. Louisville canitgistas {sic] under the name of the Anderson Bolt and Iron Company. Later it was removed to this city and its name changed. The company was capitalized at $150,000. The insurance amounts to $18,000 and the plant will be rebuilt at once.

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Columbus, GA 19 Feb 1902