Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Milwaukee Journal: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday, February 20, 1899, pp. 48-51
Chief Foley at 11:30 o'clock received another dispatch from Port Washington appealing for more help and saying the whole town was threatened. He at once sent Engine No. 10 with a full company, and 1,000 feet of hose. The reflection of the fire could be distinctly seen in Milwaukee. All during the night, a long lurid streak stretched along the sky, while from higher buildings, the light in the north was especially conspicuous. TWO MILWAUKEE FIREMEN BADLY INJURED AT PORT WASHINGTON Michael Hackett and Patrick Linehan Struck by a Falling Chimney. Two Milwaukee firemen, Michael Hackett and Patrick Linehan, of No. 4 and 10 companies respectively were badly injured by the falling of a chimney at the fire in Port Washington, last night. Hackett was struck in the head and his lower limbs are paralyzed. Linehan received severe bruises about the body. They were taken to a hotel where doctors dressed their wounds. A Sheboygan fireman was also injured. MIL WA UKEE JOURNAL MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1899 PORT WASHINGTON ALMOST DESTROYED Wisconsin Chair Company's Plant and Six Business Blocks in Ruins---Loss $500,000. Aid of Milwaukee and Sheboygan Fire Department Saves the City---One Milwaukee Fireman Dying. PORT WASHINGTON, Wis., Feb. 20.---This city was last night visited by the most serious conflagration in its history. Six blocks of factory buildings, stacks of valuable lumber, thousands of dollars' worth of chairs ready for shipment and a score of residences, are now nothing but a heap of smoldering ruins. Loss Will Reach $500,000 The loss as estimated today will probably reach $500,000. The Wisconsin Chair company will be the heaviest loser---$350,000.
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