Paterson, NJ Fire Feb 1902

Birth, Marriage & Death Records

FIRE RAGING IN PATERSON

Flames Beyond Control in the New Jersey City.

NEW YORK, Feb 8.--Fire broke out shortly after midnight in the car sheds at Paterson, N. J., and the flames, driven by a brisk wind, spread to the surrounding buildings.

At this hour it seems as though the fire was getting beyond the control of the fire department.

The First Baptist church is burning and, it is expected the loss will be enormous, thought an approximate estimate is impossible.

At this hour the Baptist church has been completely gutted. The flames have started from a dozen places in the vicinity and the wind is adding to the fury of the flames. The police report no fatalities so far. The office of the Paterson Guardian is burning and that off the Call is threatened. The electric lighting system is completely disabled and the town is in darkness.

Assistance has been called from nearby towns and there is a panic among the citizens.

The old city hall, one of the most ancient structures in Paterson is doomed.

The damage will amount up into hundreds of thousands of dollars and at this time the firemen have no control of the conflagration.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 9 Feb 1902

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ACRES OF RUINS

PATERSON, N. J., VISITED BY A DISTASTROUS FIRE.

TEN MILLION DOLLARS LOSS

STARTS AT MIDNIGHT AND CONTINUES TILL EVENING

THOUSANDS LEFT HOMELESS

BLACKENED PATH THROUGH THIE HEART OF THE CITY.

Manufacturing Plants Saved--City Able to Care for Homeless--
Wind Carries Embers Kindling Distant Fires.

Paterson, N. J., Feb. 9.--A great fire swept through Paterson today, and in its desolate wake are the embers and ashes of property valued in preliminary estimates at $10,000,000.

It burned its way through the business section of the city and claimed as its own a majority of the finer structures devoted to commercial, civic, educational and religious use, as well as scores of houses. There was but a small tribute of life and injury to the conflagration, but hundreds were left homeless and thousands without employment. A relief movement for the care of those unsheltered and unprovided for has already been organized, and Mayor John Henchcliffe said tonight that Paterson would be able to care for her own without appealing to the charity of other communities and states.

Great Factories Saved.

The great manufacturing plants of the place are safe, and the community, temporarily dazed by the calamity, has already commenced the work of re-organization and restoration.

The fire came at last midnight and was only checked after a desperate fight that lasted until late this afternoon. Every city and town within the reach of Paterson sent firemen and apparatus to the relief of the threatened city and it took the united efforts of them all to win the battle.

A northerly gale gave the conflagration its impetus and carried its burning brands to kindle the blaze afresh at other points. The firemen made stand after stand before the wall of fire, but they were repeatedly driven back and when victory finally came to them they were grimed and exhausted.

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Comments

1902 Fire affect on Birth-death-marriage records ???

Family legend has it that the 1902 Paterson fire consumed all the Vital Statistic Records. 2014 Trenton Archives claim that is not true. All towns were required to send Vital Stats to Trenton.

Were any Vital Records at Paterson burned? Maybe the Paterson place for such records were not even affected ??

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glen gpierce9@comcast.net 8/4/2014