Philadelphia, PA Standard Glass Varnish Company Fire, Mar 1882
LOSSES BY FIRE.
Fire broke out soon after 10 o’clock yesterday morning in the five-story iron front building No. 20 North Fifth-street, Philadelphia, occupied by the Standard Glass Varnish Company of which JAMES A. HARGAN is Superintendent. This company uses the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the building, the two lower floors being occupied by Barrick, Rollin & Co., wholesale druggists. The Superintendent, six girls, and a boy were at work on the third floor when they were startled by an explosion near the furnace on the same floor. All made their escape. One of the girls, MAGGIE MURPHY, in her flight, jumped down the elevator hatchway, and is badly bruised. The explosion was caused by the overheating of quantity of varnish. The Glass Varnish Company’s stock, valued at $2,500 and fully insured, is a total loss. The stock of Barrick, Rollin & Co. is damaged by water.
New York Times, New York, NY 25 Mar 1882