Camden, NJ Fire, Nov 1902


Camden, N. J., Nov. 8. – The plants of the Nonpareil Cork Manufacturing company, the Camden Manufacturing company, manufacturers of chemicals, and McAndrews & Forbes, liquor manufacturers, comprising about a dozen frame buildings located at Kaighns Point in the southern section of this city, were destroyed by fire today. The combined loss is estimated at $150,000. The burned district covers an area of about three city blocks along the Delaware river. The British steamer Conway, from India, loaded with licorice root, was moored to McAndrews & Forbes’ wharf and was saved from destruction by the timely arrival of the Philadelphia fire boat Ashbridge, which towed her to a place of safety. JOHN DOUGHERTY, fireman on the tug Ashbridge, was badly burned and was taken to the Cooper hospital. The origin of the fire is unknown.

Big Industrial Plants Destroyed, Entailing Heavy Losses.

Camden, Nov 8 – The Camden whiting works, Nonpareil cloth works and the large warehouse of Mellor-Rittenhouse licorice works were entirely destroyed by fire this morning.

The loss will reach $500,000. Insurance is not known at this time. The fire started in the whiting works and spread rapidly southward, a stiff breeze blowing at the time, rendering the work of the firemen difficult.

The entire department and three fire boats worked hard to save the licorice plant. The licorice works is now owned by the McAndrews-Forbes Co.

The fire destroyed more than a block on the Delaware river front nearly four hundred feet deep.

The Trenton Times, Trenton, NJ 8 Nov 1902