North Irwin, PA Plate Glass Plant Fire, Apr 1898

PLATE GLASS PLANT.

AT IRWIN, PA., DESTROYED BY FIRE, ENTAILING A LOSS OF $750,000.

Irwin, Pa., April 13. -- The extensive plant of the Penn Plate Glass Co., in North Irwin, is in complete ruins. Fire started Tuesday night near the new casting ball, caused by the blowing out of a gas converter. The flames spread with great rapidity from one building to another, and in one hour nothing but smoldering ruins remained of the largest and most successful independent plate glass works of the United States. The night turn was at work but fortunately all the men got out in safety, and as the buildings stood comparatively alone the fire did not spread. The fire protection was small and against such a conflagration the firemen could do nothing. It was the hottest and quickest fire ever seen in this whole country, and when it first broke out it was known that nothing could be done to stay the flames. The loss Tuesday night was estimated at $750,000, with an insurance of about $450,000. The concern employed about 500 men, who with their families helped largely to make up the population of this town and North Irwin.

Daily Public Ledger Maysville Kentucky 1898-04-13