Eddystone, PA Baldwin Locomotive Works Fire, Nov 1915

BALDWIN PATTERN WAREHOUSE BURNS

Designs for Engines Ordered by Russia Destroyed in Strange Blaze

EDDYSTONE, PA., Nov. 11 – Two sections of the pattern storehouse, known as Shop No 2, at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, were destroyed by the fire of unknown origin yesterday. Officials declined to estimate the extent of the loss, but many valuable patterns were destroyed, and it is believed that the damage will amount to $25,000 or $30,000. Seven employes [sic] suffered burns of the face.

The blaze was discovered in the extreme two ends of the storehouse, and the plant firemen fought the fire alone until it threatened to spread to other buildings, when the fire department of this city was called, some of the companies responding.

Fire broke out in a similar storehouse standing near, but the firemen saved it.

According to officials of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, the patterns were for a special type of heavy locomotive ordered by the Russian government some time ago. They had been stored in the building recently.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 11 Nov 1915