Buffalo, NY Glucose Works Fire, Apr 1894
FLAMES IN BUFFALO.
HAMLIN'S MONSTER GLUCOSE WORKS ENTIRELY DESTROYED.
SIX PERSONS SERIOUSLY INJURED, SOME PERHAPS FATALLY -- A LARGE NUMBER OF EMPLOYES MISSING AND MANY MAY HAVE PERISHED IN THE FLAMES -- THE PLANT VALUED AT A MILLION DOLLARS, ONLY PARTIALLY INSURED.
Buffalo, April 13. -- There can be no doubt that some lives were lost at the Glucose works fire last night. Eight men lie at the hospitals suffering from injuries more or less serious, and it is conjectured that as many more lie in the canal or buried under the fallen walls.
Eight men were employed in the night shift and of these half were working on the floors from the sixth to the eleventh. When the firemen were forced to retreat with their scaling ladders the last handful rescued thought there were others above them who had not got out. This horrible supposition was confirmed this morning by the unavaiiling search made at the hospital by the weeping wives of workmen who had not come home to breakfast. These possible widows number a round half dozen. Most of them are Polish women.
It is now believed that at least a dozen workmen lost their lives in the fire. The following are unaccounted for and missing:
The street in front of the morgue is filled with weeping women.
The firemen are wetting down the ruins and as soon as they are sufficiently cooled they will begin searching for bodies.
The loss will reach $1,000,000. The insurance is $585,000.
The works of the company were situated on the Hamburg canal at Scott, Perry and East and West Market Streets. They consisted of an 11-story brick building used for the manufacture of glucose and starch; an 8-story brick building used as a powerhouse and as a place for making the cattle-feeding product, which is made from the corn after the glucose is extracted an 8-story brick building used as a refinery and an 8-story storehouse.
The fire was discovered in the dynamo room of the main building by the engineer who was in the next room. He gave the alarm and he and the firemen rushed out. In 10 minutes the whole 11 floors were on fire, flames bursting through the windows and darting from the roof.
The Glucose company ordinarily employs a great number of men, but of late it has not been running at the full capacity, although it has been working day and night shifts. There were perhaps 125 men at work at the time.
It will not be known until a census of the employes is taken whether one man or 50 men were cremated. It is known that some of the men escaped by the fire escapes and some of those on the lower stories jumped into the canal.
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