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Philadelphia, PA Factory Fire, Feb 1912

MILLION DOLLAR FIRE IN PHILADELPHIA.

SEVERAL REPORTED MISING IN BIG FACTORY BLAZE.

Philadelphia, Feb. 5. -- A $1,000,000 fire, leaping before a twenty-five mile gale, destroyed a five-story factory at the northwest corner of Franklin and Vine Streets, and a four-story manufacturing building at 719-21-23-25 Vine Street. The fire was of mysterious origin.
In less than two hours the plants of four firms were wiped out of existence. They were the Hensel-Colladay company, manufacturers of dress, cloak and millinery trimmings, owners of both buildings; H. C. Feld & Co., waist manufacturers; H. Weinstein & Co., manufacturers of shirtwaists, and the Economic Shirt company.
Six watchmen and engineers in the two buildings were reported as being missing and no trace could be had of them. It was feared by some of the men who were in the building when the fire started that they were caught and burned to death. This could not be confirmed, and the police do not place much credence in the report. Seven firemen were injured by falling walls and live electric wires.
The fire started in the third floor of the building occupied by the Feld-Weinstein and Economic companies. The flames, driven by a high wind gained headway rapidly, and it was soon seen that the two buildings were doomed.

Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania 1912-02-05

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