Norton, MA Box Factory Fire, July 1894

NORTON'S BIG FIRE.

STARTED IN A BOX FACTORY AND EVENTUALLY BURNED OVER TWO ACRES OF LAND.

Norton, Mass., July 27. -- Fire broke out yesterday in the three-storied wooden building owned and occupied by A. H. Sweet & Co. as a box factory. Owing to there being no water system in the town, a bucket brigade was formed, but which proved totally inadequate, and the building was razed to the ground within 30 minutes.
The large lumber yard adjoining the factory was soon ablaze and 2,000,000 feet of lumber were consumed. A stiff wind carried the flames across the street to the boarding house owned by the company, which was speedily a mass of ruins. The residence of Selectman Cady was the next building the fire attacked, and although the fire departments of Taunton and Attleboro fought the flames with desperation the house was totally destroyed. Two new houses, unoccupied, belonging to Austin Messenger, were also engulfed in the holocaust.
It is estimated that the total damage will be in the neighborhood of $100,000, and was insured about half that amount. The fire is thought to have started in the boiler room, but from what cause cannot be ascertained, but before the fire was under control two acres of land had been burned over.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1894-07-27