Boston, MA Cotton Mill Fire, Jun 1882

FATAL ACCIDENT AT A FIRE.

BOSTON, June 17.---At 5:30 o'clock this morning Timothy Remick's cotton waste, which being thoroughly soaked from water by the engines, became so heavy as to burst the walls, which fell upon several firemen, who were considerably injured, one of whom it is thought will not survive. The building was wood, 40 by 80 feet, and three stories high.

LATER.----Nineteen men were caught under the falling walls of Timothy Remick's cotton waste mills this morning. All were more or less injured. Two fire captains are thought to be fatally hurt, and nine or ten others are seriously injured.

The Macon Telegraph and Messenger, Macon, GA 18 Jun 1882

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FIREMEN BADLY INJURED.

NINETEEN MEN CAUGHT UNDER FALLING WALLS AT BOSTON HIGHLANDS.

BOSTON, June 17.----At 5:30 o'clock this morning Timothy Remick's cotton-waste storage building, at Boston Highlands, took fire. The building was of wood, 40 by 80 feet, and 8 stories high. The loss is $6,000. Both building and contents were highly inflammable, and the flames spread rapidly. For an hour and a half water was poured in before the fire seemed to be under control. Soon after 6:30 when the firemen thought their work was almost done, the roof of the building suddenly gave way, forcing outward into the street the whole front wall. A large force was stationed at that point, and in the stampede that followed 19 failed to escape. These were caught and buried beneath the falling debris, being for the moment quite hidden from sight. A third alarm was sent out, bringing a large additional force to the spot, and in a short time they were rescued. All had suffered to a greater or less extent, nine or ten being seriously injured. Two fire Captains, it is believed, are fatally burned. The following are the names of the firemen injured by falling walls; Thomas McDonough, (steamer No. 14,) arm injured, besides internal injuries; condition serious. Edward Kelly, John Divol, and Capt. Poore, badly hurt, Charles Straw and Capt. Francis Freeman, each had left leg badly wrenched; Thomas F. Killian, left shoulder dislocated; Frank Pratt, badly cut and bruised; James H. Bowles, injured in neck, back and legs; W. C. M. Howe, leg sprained and head cut; W. K. Whiting, badly cut in head and neck; Walter Pierce, George C. Swift, Casper Morning, C. H. Webber, James H. Victory, Charles Springer, John C. Pelton, and Roscoe Handy, cut and bruised but not seriously.

The New York Times, New York, NY 18 Jun 1882