HISTORY OF THE PAULSBORO FIRE DEPT. FIRES & RELATED ITEMS 1853-2005

 

1850's

2/23/1853
CHURCH BURNS DOWN.
Fire destroyed the St. Paul's Methodist Church, on the main street in Paulsboro, on Sunday morning around 9:30, just before the morning service. The stovepipe communicated the fire. Only the walls were left standing with everything on the inside being burned.

4/22/1858HORSES LOST WHEN BARN BURNS. John H. Cook lost five valuable horses, his wagons, gearing and farming utensils when his barn burned down.

 
1880's
9/15/1887
BARN BURNS DOWN IN BILLINGSPORT. Robert Volurn's barn at Billingsport was burned down Thursday night while the family was in Philadelphia enjoying the Centennial sights, with no one being home but the hostler. The fire was not discovered until it was well underway, and there was hardly time to get the horses out. The barn and contents, consisting of a new carriage, hay and feed, a bicycle and some furniture, were entirely destroyed.

12/17/1887
FIRE CLAIMS BARN AND CRIB HOUSE.
Richard Davis had his barn and crib house burned on Saturday afternoon. All his hay, grain and most of his farming implements were destroyed. The loss amounted to about $400. The fire is supposed to have originated from matches in a coat, lost in the straw mow in the fall while threshing.

7/07/1888
CHIMNEY CAUSES FIRE.
Conrad Fresholz's house was burned on Saturday. It took fire from the chimney on the roof, and not having any ladder on the place or any trap door on the house, it was impossible to check it.

8/28/1888
EXPLOSION AT PHOSPHATE WORKS.
There was an explosion with fire at the Phosphate Works on Tuesday night. There was considerable excitement for a time; the men thinking they would be laid off until the damage was repaired which was reported to be great. But, the damage was repaired in one day and no one was laid off. They are running full time with a large force and have big orders for the fall trade.

11/12/1888
GILL'S BARN ON FIRE.
Monday evening, about 5:30, a barn on Mr. Gill and son's farm, on the road to Billingsport, about a half mile from Paulsboro, was discovered to be on fire. The barn contained about thirty tons of unthrashed rye. The origin of the fire is unknown.
 
1890's

1/28/1890
HOUSE CONSUMED BY FIRE. A house belonging to D. H. Adams, and occupied by Jacob Bender, caught fire Tuesday from the chimney, just under the roof. The one story part of it and the upper story of the main part were consumed by the blaze. How a few men could save any part of it is almost a mystery, as a strong wind was blowing at the time. All the household goods were saved except a dresser and part of its contents. The family moved to Hiram Cowgill's house after the fire. A family that was living there had just moved out.

 
1892's

10/06/1892
CHIMNEY CAUSES FIRE. C. Lock's house came very near to being demolished by fire on Sunday evening. It caught afire in the chimney. A fire would be very destructive to this town.

 
1893's

1/06/1893
FIRE AT THE HOME OF DR. REEVES. Fire broke out at the residence of Dr. E. L. Reeves, on Broad Street, causing considerable damage. A Christmas tree caught fire from a toy alcohol locomotive. Several oil paintings were destroyed and the piano was burned somewhat. Wells Vauralyah, a hostler to Mrs. Reeves, was burned very badly about the face. The total loss is estimated at $300.

4/02/1893
CAMPERS CAUSE FIRE IN WOODS. A fierce fire broke out in the woods, below here, on what was formerly the Fithian tract, now owned by Mrs. N. Hitchcock, during the morning and continued to burn until Tuesday night. Between ten to twelve acres were burned, mostly brush land and some timber. The fire is supposed to have originated from campfires in the woods. The campers, after leaving, had failed to put out their fire, and the flames were spread by the aid of the wind, which was very strong.

6/08/1893
SMALL FIRE AT LINCOLN PARK. A slight fire occurred in the cookhouse at Lincoln Park, on Monday night, but was extinguished before much damage was done. The loss is estimated at $200.

9/13/1893
BARN AND CONTENTS BURN. This morning the barn and three adjoining haystacks, together with the contents, were destroyed by fire. They belonged to Wilmer Craig. The flames started in the top of the haymow, and are supposed to be of incendiary origin. The loss is around $1500.

 
  
 
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