Dover, NH Cocheco Mfg Fire, 1907 - Jumped 5 Stories


Many Badly Hurt and Possibly Deaths Will Result From Burning of Big Cocheco Mill in Dover, This Morning--Loss $600,000--Aid From Portsmouth.

Dover. N H Jan 26--Mill No. 1, one of the buildings of the extensive plant of the Cocheco Manufacturing company was burned today, causing a loss estimated between five and six hundred thousand dollars, and a possible loss of life. The fire started just after the operatives, numbering from three to five hundred, had gone [illegible]. The flames spread very rapidly. The cause is not yet determined.

Operatives on the lower floors escaped unharmed but those on the fourth and fifth floors were forced in many cases, to jump from the windows and many were injured. Several were taken to the hospital. William Turner had a broken hip and James Aspton had both legs broken. Both men are mule spinners.

Firemen rescued four men from the fourth floor by an extension ladder and one of these reported that he had stumbled over several unconscious persons, who were overcome by smoke. The report of loss of life is not yet verified. [illegible]

Aid was sent from Portsmouth.

Late this afternoon when the fire had cooled off, six bodies were found in the mill ruins. All were boys employed in the mule spinning rooms.

The Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, MA 26 Jan 1907