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Racine, WI Manufacturing District Fire, May 1903

$300,000 FIRE IN RACINE.

RACINE, Wis., May 31. - Fire this afternoon swept the southern manufacturing district of the city, doing about $300,000 damage. The losses in part follow:

Racine Boat Manufacturing Company factory, lumber, $115,000.

J. I. Case Thrashing Machine Shops, $150,000.

Standard Oil Company, tanks and sheds, $5,000.

Half a dozen residences and small factories, $25,000.

The fire started in the boiler room of the Racine Boat Manufacturing Company.

The New York Times, New York, NY 1 Jun 1903
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FLAME TOWER SHOOTS 300 FEET IN THE AIR

Disasterous Fire Sweeps Over a Wisconsin City.

Racine, Wis., May 31. - Fire this afternoon swept the southern manufacturing district of the city, doing about $300,000 damage. The losses in part follow:

The fire started in the boiler room at the Racine Boat Manufacturing Company, and before the firemen arrived a tank of gasolene [sic] exploded. A tower of flame 300 feet high shop up into the air, but as it was Sunday no one was about the factory and no one was injured.

A high wind carried sparks to the neighboring factories, and it was six hours before the fire was under control. Meantime sparks had carried the flamesto the residence district, and it was feared for a time that the entire residence portion of the city would be lost.

The Boston Journal, Boston, MA 1 Jun 1903
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MANUFACTURING DISTRICT SWEPT

Racine, Wisconsin, Has a $300,000 Fire Which Would Have Resulted in Loss of Life Had It Not Been Sunday

Racine, Wis., May 31. - Fire this afternoon swept the southern manufacturing district of the city, doing about $300,000 damage. The losses in part follow:

Racine Boat Manufacturing Company factory, lumber, $115,000, J. I. Case Thrashing Machine shops, $150,000, Standard Oil Company tanks and sheds, $5000, half a dozen residences and small factories, $25,000.

The fire started in the boiler room of the Racine Boat Manufacturing Company and before the firemen arrived, a tank of gasoline exploded. A tower of flame 300 feet high shot up into the air, but as it was Sunday no one was about the factory and no one was injured.

A high wind carried sparks to the other neighboring factories and it was six hours before the fire was under control. Meantime sparks had carried the flames to the residential district, and it was feared for a time that the entire residence portion of the city would be lost.

The Worcester Spy, Worcester, MA 1 Jun 1903
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J. W. GATES'S YACHT BURNED.

$65,000 Vessel Built for Cruising in the Gulf of Mexico Destroyed at Racine, Wis.

Special to the New York Times.

RACINE, Wis., May 31. - One of the losses in a fire which did $300,000 damage at several big factories here this afternoon was the destruction of a sixty-five-thousand-dollar steam yacht, which was almost completed for John W. Gates, the Wall Street financier. Mr. Gates had ordered the yacht sent South this Spring, so that it would be ready for service in the Fall, when he goes to Texas for the Winter months. The yacht was built exclusively for use on the Gulf of Mexico, and would have been one of the finest private craft on the Gulf.

It is believed here that Mr. Gates intends looking around with aview to opening a new seaport. He wanted to visit many smaller ports on the Gulf which he would be unable to reach in large boats. The yacht was to have made the trip down the Mississippi by way of the Chicago drainage canal.

The New York Times, New York, NY 1 Jun 1903

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