1906-Just around midnight, smoke was discovered issuing from the rambling one story brick structure of the E.N. Cooper foundry and machine works in the Eighth
Jun 1, 2011
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1906-Just around midnight, smoke was discovered issuing from the rambling one story brick structure of the E.N. Cooper foundry and machine works in the Eighth Ward.Located at 130 Short Street (today’s location would be roughly a block north of Walnut Street near Commonwealth Ave.- http://www.old8thward.com/48.htmthe vacant lot to the right side of the photo-building in the background is Old City Hall Apartments)Box131 at Fourth and Walnut came in at 12:01 a.m. followed by Box 5 at State and Cowden turning out the entire department of twelve companies.As the first alarm’s companies arrived, fire broke through the roof and the building was soon a mass of flames.The fire was very spectacular and at one point it was feared radiant heat would ignite and fan the fire into a conflagration in this closely built and congested area.For a time the buildings of the Harrisburg Power & Light Company were threatened but employees on duty there “held” the fire with a house line of hose until the department could get in service.The Wesley Union A.M.E. Church at South Street and Tanners Alley was also threatened but firemen made a good stand and stopped the fire from spreading in this direction.The fire was of undetermined origin but some officials leaned to the fact of a flare up of a dormant forge fire.No loss figures were released.
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