1869 - Extensive Fire in Woonsocket, R. I., - Estimated Loss $100,000.
WOONSOCKET, Wednesday, June 2. The most extensive fire that ever occurred in this village took place last evening at Elliott's Mills, breaking out in the room occupied by W. E. Hubbard, carpenter and builder, about 9 o'clock. The whole range of buildings, with a large amount of valuable lumber and manufactured stock are entirely consumed, with much machinery, and the fire is still burning in the lumber. The buildings all belonged to Nathaniel Elliot, and were occupied as follows: One large room as a carpenter's shop, a saw mill, a valuable grist mill with its stock of corn, boiler house, engine office, and stock of paints, oils, nails, &c., all occupied by Elliot; W. E. Hubbard, a large room for carpentry; Joseph Page, the same; O. S. Fuller & Co., the basement, as a bobbin shop; Woonsocket Tape and Binding Company, one floor.
The entire loss thus far must be near $100,000. Roughly estimated as follows:
N. Elliott & Co., $55,000; W. E. Hubbard, $10,000; O. S. Fuller & Co., $25,000; Joseph Page, $30,000. Mr. Elliot has an insurance of $10,000 on buildings and machinery, and $5,000 on the lumber in the yard, as follows; Aetna, of Hartford, of Hartford, $1,800; Putman, of Hartford, $1,200; Home, of New-Haven, $1,800; Commerce, of Albany, $1,200; Commonwealth, of New-York, $1,200; Equitable, of Providence, $1,800; Hope, of Providence, $1,200. Woonsocket Tape and Binding Company---Home, of New-Haven, $3,000; and $9,000 in Providence offices. The other parties were not insured.
The loss by this fire is to be deplored, as it will give a check to the business of the village. The buildings were hives of industry, some two hundred mechanics being engaged upon all the work they could do. At one time the whole lumber yard was in danger, on account of the bursting of water pipes, but, after three hours' labor, the fire was under control.
The New York Times
New York, New York
June 3, 1869
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