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Harrison, NJ - Small Oil Fire Jan 1893

Small Oil Fire at Harrison NJ
Jan 23 1893

Between 12 and 1 o'clock today twenty men were unloading an oil car into the tanks below a side track near the Atha & Illingsworth Steel Works in Harrison when they were surprised by a blaze. Through a defective valve in the car flames had broken out.

The fire communicated speedily to the wood-work of the adjoining cars and presently reached one on which a tank containing 30,000 gallons of oil rested. A few minutes later there was an explosion, and the iron cover of the manhole, 5 feet in diameter, was lifted into the air and hurled fifty feet away. In its flight it came very near to five or six men who were fighting the fire.

An alarm was sent out and the company's hose and Harrison Fire Department responded. Half an hour's work brought the flames into subjection. No one was hurt, but the damage to the amount of $3,000 to $4,000 was done.

The New York Times

article | by Dr. Radut