Bound Brook, NJ Flood and Fire, Feb 1896

Fire and Flood.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Feb 7. ---Bound Brook, situated about 30 miles from New York city, is on fire. The wires are down, but word has just reached here that between 20 and 25 houses have been destroyed by the flames. The Presbyterian church, 200 years old, is also on fire. The courier who brought word of the disaster from Bound Brook said that on report had it that a number of persons had been drowned by the sudden rush of waters in the Raritan river.

North Adams Transcript, North Adams, MA 7 Feb 1896



Flood and Fire at Bound Brook.

PLAINFIELD, N. J., Feb 7 The village of Bound Brook was almost entirely wiped out by fire and flood, and a number of lives are reported to have been lost The water had risen so that it was waist high on the main street of Bound Brook and was rising rapidly when a gasoline stove exploded in Cawley's restaurant It spread to a lumber yard, and, urged by the hurricane, the flames swept on until the entire business part of the town was afire. Owing to the floods, assistance could not be sent to the burning village, and for hours all communication was cut off. The flood rose over the Central and Lehigh tracks so that travel by rail was cut off. Fully 40 houses were destroyed by fire, among them the old Reformed church building.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 7 Feb 1896



Water Ten Feet High in the Streets of Bound Brook.

While the Occupants of the Houses Are Being Rescued, a Fire Breaks Out---Man Drowned.

SOMERVILLE, N. J., Feb. 7.---While the loss of property at Bound Brook last night by fire and flood will be well up to expectation, based upon the meagre[sic] information obtainable in season for the morning papers, it is now reasonably certain that but one life was lost. This man, whose name was MILLER, perished in an attempt to aid people in distress. While the flood was at its height, MILLER entered a row boat intending to rescue a family whom the rising waters had driven to take refuge in the upper part of their home, which was situated about 100 feet back fro the Rariton river. Before he had gone far the swift current upset the boat and MILLER was not seen again.

At daylight, when the last messenger who has reached this city left Bound Brook the flood had begun to subside. The water had spread backwards from the river about 14,000 feet and residents within the submerged section had been forced to leave the lower parts of their houses and take refuge in the upper stories. At 3 o'clock this morning the water was nearly ten feet high in the main street of the town.

The flood was caused by the heavy rains overflowing the Raritan river. The water in the Meadow Brook, about a quarter of a mile from the heart of Bound Brook, also overflowed its banks. It swept on both sides of the Central railroad bridge, submerging the bridge and rushing along the track. The surrounding country for a quarter of a mile on each side of the heart of the village was flooded.

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