Jersey City, NJ Business Fire, June 1889


A fire in Jersey City late last night that flamed very high and cast its bright reflection far over the waters of the harbor gave many persons the impression that the Red Star docks were burning.
It was not these, but some buildings on the west and south that were destroyed.
The fire caught shortly before 10 o'clock in CUSHING'S pattern and machine shops, a large three-story brick building fronting on Morris Street between Hudson Street and the river. Nearly 200 men were employed here. They had shut down at 6 o'clock, the fires in the engine room were banked as usual, and the cause of the fire is a mystery. From here the fire spread to the small sugar refinery of TUCKER & Co., on the corner of Hudson and Morris Streets, and running back nearly to Sussex Street. The refinery was a large two-story old-fashioned, gable-roofed building, and was well stocked with molasses and sugar. It burned fiercely, and yielded to the volumes of water that were thrown upon it only after the most stubborn resistance.
Somewhere between eighty and one hundred men were employed night and day in this building. When the flames were got under control, about 11:30 o'clock, nothing but charred and blackened timbers remained of the interiors of both structures.
The ocean steamers Westernland and St. Romans that were lying at their docks close by rendered appreciable service by turning each of them three or four powerful streams on the flames.
The losses were estimated at about $160,000, of which $100,000 falls upon TUCKER & Co.'s sugar refinery and contents, which were insured, but to what extent could not be learned, and $60,000 on CUSHING'S pattern and machine shop.

New York Times New York 1889-06-19