Detroit, MI Mill And Lumber Yard Fire, Aug 1894



Detroit, Aug. 3. -- One fireman was killed and six were injured yesterday afternoon in a fire which destroyed the planning mill and lumber yards of E. G. Richards & Company and Hunton, Myles & Weeks. The property loss will aggregate close to $60,000. The plants were located at Franklin and Rivard Streets, adjoining the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee tracks. The blaze was discovered shortly after 3 o'clock.
The water supply was so poor that the firemen were hampered. They succeeded in preventing the flames from spreading into adjoining factories
but several freightcars with their contents were destroyed before they could be removed. The Richards planning mill was of brick, three stories high. At 4 o'clock two squads of pipemen were playing streams at the southeast corner of the mill when a portion of the wall gave way and a half dozen firemen were caught by the falling bricks.
EUGENE McCARTHY, single, pipeman, No. 19 company, was instantly killed, his body being frightfully mangled.
Those injured were:
HENRY TRAPP, pipeman, No. 6; body crushed, head cut, burned.
GEORGE W. LYONS, pipeman, No. 6; hip broken, body bruised.
Lieutenant LOUIS B. TATE, company No. 6; back injured, leg crushed.
THOMAS SCHIEBLE, pipeman, No. 19; leg broken and burned.
CHARLES BOEBERITZ, pipeman, No. 19; body bruised.
The Richards planning mill was owned by H. A. Hunton, of the firm of Hunton, Myles & Weeks, and was leased to S. G. M. Gates of Bay City, who also owned the lumber in that portion of the yard. The plant was operated by Richards & Company for Gates. The property of Hunton, Myles & Weeks, which was consumed, consisted of lumber and small buildings. Their loss is about $20,000. The loss on Richards' mill and yards is estimated at $35,000. Hunton, Myles & Weeks are quite fully insured. The Richards' mill is insured for $12,500. Mr. Gates owner of the lumber adjoining, is in Bay City, and the amount of his insurance is not yet learned.

Piqua Daily Call Ohio 1894-08-03