San Francisco, CA Box Factory Fire, Jun 1895


Property Loss of $2,000,000 - A Girl Killed and Several Persons Hurt.

San Francisco, June 27. - Shortly before 6 o'clock tonight fire broke out in the rear of the San Francisco box factory, at Fifth and Bryant streets, a two-story frame building filled with inflammable material. The flames spread so rapidly that three alarms were soon turned in, and the entire block between Fourth, Fifth, Bryant, and Brannon streets was a roaring furnace.

The Spring Valley waterworks, the furniture factory of H. Fuller, box factory of Kerball Brothers, stable of H. Washburn, carriage factory of G. W. Phelan and the sofa factory of J. S. Horstman were all destroyed.

The fire swept on to the lumber yard of Van art, the Meehan Lumber Co. and various small machine shops and houses.

Every available resource at the command of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company was drawn upon to help quench the fire. The intense heat made it difficult to utilize the full water supply, which was anything but sufficient, owing to the unusual number of hydrants in use all over the district.

The right, Garrick & Williams box factory and Main & Winchester's harness factory are a complete loss.

The change in the wind and the big brick wineries of Lachman & Co. and Lachman & Jacoby at Lord and Bronnon streets and their offices saved the day for the firemen. The flames were checked by these structures, and the firemen had a chance to do some work. At 9:50 p. m. they said the blaze was under control.

Probably $2,000,000 will cover the loss. It is nearly total, because, owing to the dangerous district, insurance rates have been so high as to almost prohibit insurance.

A Miss Gilroy, while attempting to save some of her belongings, was covered with burning oil and burned to death. Several people received injuries from falling walls and flying timbers. The people in the neighborhood were terror-stricken. Most of them are of the poorer classes and moved their effects off in wagons and drays.

The fire was checked none too soon. The waterfront, the gas works and the yards of the Southern Pacific Railroad were in very great danger.

The Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, MA 28 Jun 1895