Dover, NH Cocheco Mfg Fire, 1907 - Prompts Fire Escape Law

DOVER MILL DEATHS PROMPTS A FIRE ESCAPE LAW

Act Is Introduced in New Hampshire Legislature Providing for Safety Equipment on All Buildings of Three or More Stories.

Concord, N. H., Jan. 29.---His action prompted by the destruction of the Cocheco Manufacturing Compnay's No. 1 mill at Dover on Saturday with a loss of five lives. Senator Pinkham of Dover today presented to the New Hampshire Senate committee on revision of the statutes a bill in relation to fire escapes. The bill provides that all buildings in which people are employed above the first floor, all places of amusement and assembly, all hotels and lodging houses and all tenements of three or more stories in height must be equipped with fire excapes to the satisfaction of the local boards of fire wardens. Failure to equip such buildings with fire escapes will subject the owner to a fine of $100 with an additional penalty of $10 for each day such failure shall continue.

The Boston Journal, Boston, MA 30 Jan 1907