Fire in Newark, New Jersey, Causes $300,000 in Damage
A fire in a Newark factory on Saturday, November 26, 1910, killed at least six people and severely damaged three others. According to RLS Media, the fire broke out at approximately 7:20 p.m. The fire quickly spread to nearby buildings, but the fire was under control by 8 p.m. The fire caused approximately $300,000 of damage. The victims included four adults and four children. The American Red Cross was called in to assist those affected.
According to the Newark Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, a portion of West Main Street was closed following the fire. The debris is located near the building and is expected to emit smoke. The fire is still under investigation and there is no word yet on the cause of the fire. The area surrounding the building will remain closed until a decision on its demolition is made.
It is believed that the fire was accidentally started. Firefighters arrived at the scene after reports of smoke. They found heavy smoke in the garage and searched for a person inside. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, but were unable to save the elderly man. Fortunately, no other person was hurt.
Fire crews were able stop the flames and save the homes of the victims. The American Red Cross helped 29 families and 11 individuals in the midst the fire. At 2 a.m., the fire started on Clifton Avenue and quickly spread to two nearby buildings. Fire crews were still putting out fire after sunrise. The fire has caused extensive damage and has been investigated by the Newark Department of Public Safety’s Arson Unit.
The building was rated as extra dangerous, and there were already ten fires. When the alarm rang, the fire fighters rushed straight to the fire in an engine. The chauffeur thought there were 100 girls in the building, but he was wrong. Sixteen of them were already on that floor. It was a chaotic scene.
The smoke from the fire in the Port of Newark spread throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. The smoke did not affect the air quality in New York City. However, no flights were affected by the smoke. Fortunately, there weren’t any injuries. Despite the fact that the fire had an adverse effect on the air quality of the city, it was contained before it spread and became toxic to the building’s most toxic substances.
In 1906, the City Building Department served notice to the owner. However, the owner opposed the department’s authority. The responsibility for fire escapes was given to the Department of Labor by the New Jersey Legislature in 1904. The City Building Department did no dispute this claim. In fact, the City Building Department did not refer the case to the Common Council. The city decided to delegate the responsibility for factory safety to the Labor Department.