Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Twenty-ninth annual report of the fire department of the City of Milwaukee, 1899, p. 80
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF MIL WA UKEE. 1899. FROM THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU, CITY OF MILWAUKEE (page 20) A list of the serious accidents for the year includes: PATRICK J. LINEHAN---Captain, Engine Co. No. 4. Internal injuries received while working at a fire at Port Washington, Wis., February 19th. (page 25) DEATHS IN THE DEPARTMENT. MICHAEL HACKETT---Pipeman in Engine Co. No. 4. Died February 21st, from injuries received while performing his duty at a fire at Port Washington on the 20th. He became a member of the department January 1 st, 1898. (pages 28-29) PORT WASHINGTON February 19th, at 10 o'clock P.M., I received a message from Mayor Mueller, of Port Washington, that a large chair factory in that place was on fire, with no chance of saving it, and fearing the spread of the fire with the possibility of the destruction of the city, and asking that one or more engines be sent to assist in stopping the fire. As Mayor Rose was absent from the city, President Corcoran authorized my sending such apparatus as I deemed advisable. Accordingly, engine No. 4, with seven men and hose wagon, was immediately dispatched, with Assistant Chief Clancy in charge. At 11 o'clock P.M. I received another appeal for more help, and engine No. 10 and hose wagon was sent, making two engines, two hose wagons, fourteen men and 2,000 feet of hose, all in charge of Assistant Chief Engineer Clancy. From the time of their arrival Engine Co. No. 4 worked until 8 o'clock A.M. the next day, and Engine Co. No. 10 until 11 o'clock, or until the fire was completely extinguished. During the fire a serious accident occurred and one of our firemen---Michael Hackett---died from the injuries received from being struck by a falling chimney; P. J. Linehan, Captain of Engine Co. No. 4, was also seriously injured by being caught under the same chimney whose fall resulted in the death of Michael Hackett.
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