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Historic Fire in Massillon

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Massillon, OH. May 8, 1899:

     Just as the “town clock” struck 8PM on May 8, 1899, an alarm was received from Box 13 at Railroad and East Street (Penn and Third St. SE).  Thomas Wood, a Russell & Company employee working in the pattern-making department, discovered a fire.  He hurried to the nearest Company Alarm Box, and the “fire whistle” sounded.  Number One Company was on the scene in a short time, and shortly after they arrived, the roof of the burning building fell in, and a few minutes later, the west portion of the north wall fell outward.  It was easily seen that nothing could be done to save the building in which the fire started.  Chief Burkle discovered upon his arrival, that Box 12, at Walnut and S. Erie, door was open.  He learned later that Mr. Truitt, a Company employee had pulled it; however, the alarm was “held-up” until No. 13 had finished its cycle. Chief Burkle then transmitted a General Alarm from Box 12, bringing all apparatus and firemen to the scene.

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