1897: A Thousand Tons of Coal Ablaze

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 20.–“Fire has been discovered in a pile of 1,000 tons of coal in the yards of the Middletown Coal company. The fire, which was probably originated by spontaneous combustion, is thought to have been burning several days. A loss of $2,500 has already been sustained.”– From The Sunday Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Penn.), Feb. 21, 1897.

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