100 Years Ago

CHICAGO, IL: July 1, 1909 — Two explosions tore through the rooms of the American Film Service Co. on the third floor of the Security Building. The blast triggered a serious fire that injured three firemen and killed a night watchman.


CHICAGO, IL: July 1, 1909 — Two explosions tore through the rooms of the American Film Service Co. on the third floor of the Security Building. The blast triggered a serious fire that injured three firemen and killed a night watchman. COBALT, ONTARIO: July 2, 1909 — A fire began at 4 A.M...


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PATERSON, NJ: July 11, 1909 — The entire fire department rolled to the site of a huge blaze on River Street in the commercial district. Help from Passaic and Lakeville was requested, as the fire spread to a number of homes. A fire in a dry good store on Main Street was reported at the same time and one Paterson engine was sent to the scene. A third fire in a freight car near Cedar Street was extinguished by civilians using a bucket brigade.

PAUL HASHAGEN, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a retired FDNY firefighter who was assigned to Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. He is also an ex-chief of the Freeport, NY, Fire Department. Hashagen is the author of FDNY 1865-2000: Millennium Book, a history of the New York City Fire Department, and other fire service history books.