Roxborough, PA Freeland Mfg Co Fire, Jul 1898


Prompt Work Prevents a Big Fire in the Manayunk District.

A fire that but for the prompt discovery and efficient work of a number of citizens living in the neighborhood might have enveloped a number of large mill buildings, broke out shortly before 7 o'clock last evening in the stock house of the Freeland Manufacturing Company, at Walnut lane and before it was extinguished had wrought several thousand dollars' worth of damage.

Smoke was discovered issuing from the stock shed, a one-story stone and frame building, 100x30 feet, backing on Freeland avenue, by several persons in the locality. Before an alarm could be struck by Policeman Smothley, Clayton Walker, George Jones, James Gillespie and Policeman Potts procured a line of hose from Kenworthy's Shur's lane mill, across the street, and had a stream of water on it in a few minutes. They climbed in through the frame office, under which the flames were raging fiercely, and in the face of intense heat subdued the fire in that quarter, as it was rapidly leaping toward the big building adjoining. When the firemen arrived the stock shed was badly burned, and the entire contents consisting of several thousand bales of raw wool, cotton and wool carpet, were more or less damaged by fire and water. That the flames did not reach the main buildings was only due to the energetic work of those first on the scene.

The loss could not be accurately arrived at last evening, but it was estimated it would be about $10,000 on stock and $1000 on building, on which there was an insurance of $3000. The fire is thought to have originated from a spark from a cigar or pipe some one was smoking in the vicinity.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 10 Jul 1898