Lancaster, PA Warehouses Burned, Jan 1907

Moss Cigar Factory On Fire Moss Cigar Factory On Fire

MILLION DOLLAR FIRE LOSS.

TOBACCO WAREHOUSES BURNED AND DAMAGED AT LANCASTER, PA.

Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 11. -- A fire which started in the tobacco warehouse of S. R. MOSS & Co., here to-day, spread to adjoining property, and caused a loss estimated at $1,000,000. A delay in turning in the alarm gave the fire a good start, and when the firemen arrived it was beyond their control. The structure was a four-story bruck and was filled with tobacco. The flames communicated to MOSS' cigar factory, adjoining, a five-story brick building, which was also destroyed.
When the south wall of the cigar factory collapsed the only truck of the fire apparatus was buried in the debris and a number of the firemen narrowly escaped from death or injury. The loss on the warehouse is placed at $800,000, and on the cigar factory at $200,000. The warehouse of the American Cigar Company, to the north of the MOSS buildings, caught fire, but was not greatly damaged.
The fire is ascribed to the falling of an electric arc light, which pulled down a weak electric light wire pole. This in turn caused a crossing of wires.

The Washington Post District Of Columbia 1907-01-12