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Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
([1997])

Milwaukee Sentinel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday, February 20, 1899,   pp. 44-48


Milwaukee Journal: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday, February 20, 1899,   pp. 48-51


Page 48

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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