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Behaviour of Cylinders of Inflammable Gas in a Fire: Extinguishing Flames by Coal Gas

Nature volume 140, page 503 (18 September 1937) | Download Citation



ON the night of October 5, 1936, a fire occurred in Pearse Street, Dublin, in a shop which housed two full cylinders of compressed gas, one containing 150 cu. ft. of oxygen, the other 100 cu. ft. of coal gas. In each case the internal pressure was 120 atm. During the fire explosions took place, and a large portion of the building collapsed. It was found afterwards that three firemen had lost their lives. A Tribunal of Inquiry, appointed by the Minister for Local Government and Public Health of Saorstát Éireann, has recently issued its report (Stationery Office, Dublin). "The Tribunal is satisfied that the explosions must be attributed to the two full cylinders of coal gas and oxygen," and includes among the results of the explosions "the trapping of three firemen who were then within the building thereby causing their deaths".

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  1. Trinity College, Dublin. August 12.



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