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JUNE 2, 1898, was a busy day for firefighters across the country with major blazes in:
- NYACK, NY - The Prospect House, a hotel built in 1876, caught fire and burned to the ground. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
- LINCOLN, NE - Fire destroyed the Worthington Academy. This was the state's Episcopal college and losses were $65,000.
- BOSTON - The building in the Grove Hall District that once housed Doctor Cullis' Home for Consumptives was destroyed by fire.
- WHITE PLAINS, NY - Flames jumped from one barn to another until six barns on Orawaupum Street were blazing.
- HOWARTH, NJ - The wood-frame schoolhouse/church building caught fire and was left as smoldering ruins.
JUNE 5, 1898: PHILADELPHIA - A wholesale druggist and dealer in fancy articles suffered a large fire in his structure on Chestnut Street. Firefighters held the flames to the original building but smoke and water slightly damaged goods in an art dealership next door.
JUNE 5, 1898: LEBANON, PA - The ground trembled and buildings shook for miles around when an explosion occurred in the Colebrook Furnace No. 1. The explosion resulted when molten iron ate through the bottom of the furnace and hit the canal water below. Several men working at the plant were injured and calls went out immediately for the fire department. Fifty tons of molten iron and cinders were thrown all over the plant, setting numerous fires. Firemen were able to contain the blaze and tend to the injured.
JUNE 8, 1898: PLAINFIELD, NJ - A major fire swept though the factory building on the corner of East Fourth and Washington streets. Fireman Frederick Barker was praised for saving the company's books from the blazing structure.
JUNE 8, 1898: ITTABANA, MS - A fire of near conflagration proportions raced through the business portion of town. Firefighters faced flames leaping from building to building and were only able to save two structures as the smoke finally cleared.
JUNE 10, 1898: SPRINGFIELD, MA - Flames erupted at about 1 A.M. in the Orange Furniture Co. and spread throughout the structure. Firemen also faced extending fire and radiant heat affecting a turbine plant and sewing machine company.
JUNE 11, 1898: DETROIT - An early-morning fire destroyed the Case Power Building on Congress Street. The entire contents of the building and some of the finest business structures in the city were damaged. The fire started in a fourth-floor drying room and extended rapidly. Firemen were able to stop the flames' advance across a small alley and extinguished a fire as it started in a nearby church spire. Buildings surrounding the fire all suffered damage as the firemen beat back the waves of heat. Six firemen were severely burned and cut by glass.
JUNE 13, 1898: PHILADELPHIA - The extensive plant of the Philadelphia Oil Refining Co. was visited by flames during the night. The entire plant was threatened but due to the efforts of nearly the entire fire department and the plant's workers the flames were held in check. Five alarms were transmitted, bringing 22 companies and four police and fire boats to the scene. Flames ignited barges filled with paraffin and oils and other flammables. Firemen prevented the wall of fire from spreading to other barges nearby and eventually brought the fire under control.
JUNE 14, 1898: NEW YORK CITY - A collision between Hook and Ladder 13 and a large express wagon occurred on the corner of Third Avenue and Eighty-seventh Street in Manhattan. When the dust cleared, all the firemen picked themselves up unharmed but one of the fire horses was severely injured. After a close examination, Battalion Chief Joseph Shaw asked a police officer to shoot the horse, which was painfully writhing and kicking in the street. The firemen then reverently removed the harness from the horse and quietly returned to their quarters.