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On this day. . .December 1st

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  • Hfd82
    1903-Since the disastrous Boll Brothers fire of October 12, 1903 destroyed part of the Mulberry Street bridge, any alarm in the Hill district would have a
    Message 1 of 9 , Dec 1 4:28 AM
      1903-Since the disastrous Boll Brothers fire of October 12, 1903 destroyed part of the Mulberry Street bridge, any alarm in the Hill district would have a substantial delay in response of the downtown companies having to walk their horses up Market Street hill.  This situation languished long enough that it became the impetus to form the Allison Hook and Ladder Company.  At 5:45 p.m. this day Box 34 at Sixteenth and Derry rang out on the firehouse bells.  The fire was for an overheated stove that set fire to a kitchen partition at the home of August Sanders, 1516 Drummond Street .  Due to construction work on Derry Street , the Mt. Pleasant Engine No. 8 was slow in arriving and had a fully involved kitchen when they rounded Derry onto S. Fifteenth and edged into narrow Drummond.  Realizing the No. 8 firemen would have to go it alone for awhile, they went to work with gusto and held the fire to the kitchen that was gutted.  The remainder of the house was damaged by smoke and water.  Loss was in excess of $175.  The Friendship Engine No. 1 steamer’s three horse team balked on Market Street hill and refused to go up until an additional team of horses were hitched up and the five horses than dragged the heavy steamer the rest of the way to Thirteenth Street . (Oh, if only there was such a thing as a time machine!)

    • Hfd82
      1869- 2:30 p.m. Third and Market Streets. Attic burned out and roof badly damaged at the C.S. Roshon photographic establishment. The fire started in the
      Message 2 of 9 , Dec 1 4:00 AM
        1869- 2:30 p.m.  Third and Market Streets.  Attic burned out and roof badly damaged at the C.S. Roshon photographic establishment.  The fire started in the dark room when a bottle of collodial exploded.  The shop of Annie Scott, seamstress, was damaged by water.  No loss was given.  The overall condition of the leather hose of the department was very poor.  One of the seven companies was literally inoperative because of this as well as  hampering operations somewhat. (Department consisted of five engine companies all with steamers, one hose and one truck company, all hand pulled apparatus)
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