Philadelphia, PA Mill Fire, Aug 1894

FIRE IN PHILADELPHIA.

TWO FIREMEN KILLED AND TWO OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED.

Philadelphia, Aug. 3. -- Two firemen were killed and five injured in a fire yesterday which destroyed the Mill building at Randolph and Jefferson Streets. The building is 200 feet long and four stories in height, and is situated in the heart of the mill district. It is owned by David Cochran, who occupied the third and fourth floor for spinning cotton yards.
Part of the second floor was used by McCloskey & O'Hara as a carpet cleaning establishment. The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark struck by a nail in the picking machine on the second floor.
After the fire was quenched, seven firemen, entered the third floor and turned their hose on a large quantity of cotton that was stored there. Suddenly, without the slightest warning, the floor gave way with a crash, precipitating the men to the first floor, where they were buried among the debris.
Two of them were taken out dying, having been smothered by the bales of cotton.
The killed are:
GEORGE GEISLER of engine No. 21.
GEORGE DICKEL of Truck C.
They died on their way to the hospital. The five other firemen sustained less serious injuries. The coroner will investigate the condition of the floors and walls of the building.
The weight of the cotton caused the weakened floor joists to give way, and it is said that the supports were so weak that the added weight of the water caused the accident.
The loss on building and contents will aggregate $55,000; fully insured.

Piqua Daily Call Ohio 1894-08-03