CAMPBELLTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: JULY 11,1910-Afire started when a spark from a mill burner ignited a pile of shingles at the Richards Co. cedar shingle mill. Burning shingles were blown all over town by a strong wind, igniting the railway station, freight sheds, telegraph offices, several churches, several hotels, a furniture store, the opera house and many dwellings. Nearly everything in the town was destroyed. When the smoke cleared, only seven buildings out of 1,000 were left standing.
REKINDLES >>> By PAUL HASHAGEN 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 Collection of Gary E. Frederick 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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