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100 Years Ago                                                                                                  BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:
                                                                                                               JULY 20, 1910 – Around noon-
                                                                                                               time, a fire, believed to be set by an
NEW YORK CITY: JULY 2, 1910 –                                                                                  arsonist, started in a barrel-mak-
Three alarms were needed to battle a                                                                           ing company and was burning for
difficult fire at 112-116 Nassau Street                                                                        a considerable time before it was

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in lower Manhattan. Sparks from a                                                                              discovered. Flames spread to the
light switch apparently ignited stored                                                                         adjacent district, called Golden
rolls of film in the first-floor offices of                                                                    Square, where many small houses
the American Vitagraph Co. and sent                                                                            owned by the poor burned quick-
waves of dense toxic smoke through-                                                                            ly. Spectators and workers joined
out the building, trapping as many                                                                             the Fire Brigade members who
as 150 people on the floors above. A                                                                           were fighting to bring the flames
second alarm was transmitted on ar-                                                                            under control when a huge ware-
rival as firemen scrambled up the side                                                                         house in Cavan’s Lane was also
of the building, rescuing at least seven      On Feb. 7 and 8, 1904, the City of Baltimore, MD, was            discovered ablaze. Unfortunately,
people with scaling ladders. Amazingly,       hit by a devastating fire that destroyed 140 acres of        there was now much more fire than
there were no fatalities, but several fire-   the downtown and necessitated mutual aid from as far         equipment to fight it. Water could
men were overcome by smoke and sev-           away as New York City. The photo shows firemen from          not be brought to bear on the new
eral others were injured by falling glass.    Baltimore City Engines 4 and 15 operating a hoseline on      fire, and soon the building and con-
                                              Baltimore Street while mutual aid firemen gather at left.    tents were destroyed and the blaze
PATERSON, NJ: JULY 5, 1910 – An               CAMPBELLTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: JULY                             continued spreading.
afternoon fire badly damaged the Man-         11, 1910 – A fire started when a spark from a mill
hattan Ribbon Co.’s five-story silk mill at   burner ignited a pile of shingles at the Richards Co.        HEINEMANN, WI: JULY 21, 1910 –
River and Bridge streets. The building        cedar shingle mill. Burning shingles were blown              A gigantic forest fire was closing in on
was closed for inventory taking, so only      all over town by a strong wind, igniting the rail-           the town, leaving the 100 inhabitants
25 people were inside, not the usual 200.     way station, freight sheds, telegraph offices, several       stranded. H.H. Heinemann took a
All the employees safely escaped the          churches, several hotels, a furniture store, the opera       train from St. Paul without waiting for
fire. Although much of the stock was re-      house and many dwellings. Nearly everything in               permission from the railroad and ran
moved from the building, damage was           the town was destroyed. When the smoke cleared,              the train back and forth until every-
estimated at more than $250,000 in de-        only seven buildings out of 1,000 were left stand-           one in town was safe. He was also able
stroyed silk.                                 ing. Two lives were lost, one a dentist using his car        to save 15 freight cars left on a siding
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