Woonsocket, RI Social Mills Fire, Jul 1874
LOSSES BY FIRE.
DESTRUCTION OF THE SOCIAL MILLS IN RHODE ISLAND----LOSS $700,00 TO $800,000.
The Social Mills, in Woonsocket, R. I., running 50,000 spindles and 1,000 looms on cotton goods, was entirely destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The fire caught at 3 o'clock from the friction of the main belt about the middle of the structure, which was 600 feet long, built of stone and brick. The flames spread rapidly, but the employes[sic], 700 in number, probably all escaped safely. All the efforts of the Woonsocket Fire Department, including two steamers, were unavailing. Aid was asked of Providence, and Mayor Doyle sent up two steamers. which reached the scene twenty-seven minutes after starting, but the walls had then fallen in. The streamers, however, remained all night, to render assistance. The adjoining property was all saved. The loss will probably range from $700,000 to $800,000. The insurance amounts to $630,000 on the mill, machinery, machine and wood shops, in a number of companies. E. F. Taylor, top roller coverer, occupied looms in the mill, and lost several thousand dollars; insured for $2,000 in the Lancshire, of England.
The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Jul 1874