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  • hfd82@aol.com
    Harrisburg, Pa. 1904-At shortly before one in the morning sparks falling from a smoke stack set fire to some wiping waste in the vicinity of a large wooden
    Message 1 of 8 , Sep 1, 2006
      Harrisburg, Pa.
       

      1904-At shortly before one in the morning sparks falling from a smoke stack set fire to some wiping waste in the vicinity of a large wooden shed housing steam powered fans for the furnace bellows system at the Central Iron and Steel Company.  The location of the sprawling steel company was below Dock Street and between the river and the railroad.  Someone hastened to Front and Dock Streets at the entrance to the plant and sounded Box 12 at 1:07 a.m.  Arriving companies had no trouble locating the blaze as the frame building was well involved.  Needless to say the fire was pretty spectacular with the building a total loss.  No loss figures were given.

    • hfd82@aol.com
      1914-At four a.m. two fires were intentionally set along the rear and side of the almost block long frame Oliver Plow building which fronted on Fourteenth
      Message 2 of 8 , Sep 1, 2008
        1914-At four a.m. two fires were intentionally set along the rear and side of the almost block long frame Oliver Plow building which fronted on Fourteenth Street at Howard.  Both blazes were discovered almost immediately by a Philadelphia and Reading switch engine crew working the sidings in the area.  Both fires were extinguished by a hose and water secured from the steam locomotive tender.  The fire department was not notified, however city police investigated the arson attempt.  This is the beginning of a series of arson fires in what was known at that time as Union Square , a commercial and light industrial area bounded by S. Fourteenth, Chestnut, S. Eighteenth, Holly, and Vernon Streets.  A maze of rail tracks extended from the Reading Railroad mainline across Brookwood Street into this area and was called the Peoples Industrial Railroad.
      • hfd82@aol.com
        1898-Box 62 at Fourth and Hamilton was pulled for a fire at 10:30 a.m. at 1617-19 Fulton Street.  The homes were occupied by Charles Nobel and John Hopkins
        Message 3 of 8 , Sep 21, 2008
          1898-Box 62 at Fourth and Hamilton was pulled for a fire at 10:30 a.m. at 1617-19 Fulton Street .  The homes were occupied by Charles Nobel and John Hopkins respectively.  Fire, caused by a defective flue at 1619 slightly damaged an interior partition with a loss of $30.  Fire Chief Charles Garverich was severely bruised when his buggy and a farm wagon collided on Third Street south of North St .  This was also the first time that the twin 35-gallon chemical tanks on the new Holloway combination chemical and hose wagon assigned to the Wash ington Hose Company No. 4 were used.  This was the first chemical rig in the city.  It’s a pretty good run from Second and Chestnut, where the “Washie” was quartered to Fourth and Hamilton . One wonders if they waited until the “Washies” got there to pull the chemical line off or if any one of the other four engine or hose companies hooked up to a hydrant and flowed water.
        • hfd82@aol.com
          1890-5:00 a.m.? A cask of sulfuric acid in a car attached to a freight train in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards, burst, setting fire to the car and damaging
          Message 4 of 8 , Sep 1, 2009
            1890-5:00 a.m.  A cask of sulfuric acid in a car attached to a freight train in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards, burst, setting fire to the car and damaging the contents considerably.  The fire was extinguished by the PRR Fire Department using a chemical engine.  No loss was given.
          • Hfd82
            1904-At shortly before one in the morning sparks falling from a smoke stack set fire to some wiping waste in the vicinity of a large wooden shed housing steam
            Message 5 of 8 , Sep 1, 2010
              1904-At shortly before one in the morning sparks falling from a smoke stack set fire to some wiping waste in the vicinity of a large wooden shed housing steam powered fans for the furnace bellows system at the Central Iron and Steel Company.  The location of the sprawling steel company was below Dock Street (Interstate 83 today) and between the river and the railroad.  Someone hastened to Front and Dock at the entrance to the plant and sounded Box 12 at 1:07 a.m.  Arriving companies had no trouble locating the blaze as the frame building was well involved.  Needless to say the fire was pretty spectacular with the building a total loss.  No loss figures were given.

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