New York, NY Tin Pail Manufactory Fire, Aug 1891
HEAVY LOSS BY FIRE.
A TIN-PAIL FACTORY NEARLY DESTROYED---SEVERAL HORSES BURNED.
John D. Hass's tin-pail manufactory, 128 to 132 Jane Street, was almost destroyed by fire at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. When the fire was discovered it was ravaging the oil and paint department on the first floor of 132, behind which was an extension building, in which six horses were stabled. Gallant efforts were made to rescue the animals, but only one was taken to the street, and it was so burned that it died. The others had to be abandoned to the flames.
Three alarms were sent out, and several special calls and the water tower from Thirteenth Street was raised. Under ordinary circumstances the fire would have been promplty checked, but the iron shutters on all the windows of the six floors prevented the water from reaching the flames for some time, so that the fire "jumped" to the sixth floor at the start, and worked down again. The wreck of the roof and the two upper floors, and the machinery on them, sank to the third floor and ruined a number of costly stamping machines. The lower floors were soaked.
Detectives of the Charles Street squad believed that the fire was of incendiary origin, but advanced no fact in support of their theory.
The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Aug 1891