Blast and Fire Destroy Jersey Textile Plant

Issue 1 and Volume 117.

Blast and Fire Destroy Jersey Textile Plant THE COVER STORY Paterson Morning Call photo by Don Smith A VOLLEY of explosions ripped through a textile plant in Paterson, J., on October 21, killing one man and injuring 27 others including three firemen. Fire, started by the blasts, destroyed the plant itself, two exposed dwellings, 28 cars and an aerial ladder truck. Four other dwellings were damaged in varying severity. Occupied as the Franklin Finishing Co. and used for dyeing textiles, the fire building was mill-constructed, three stories high and measured 100 by 75 feet. It was part of a complex of buildings that measured some 100 by 300 feet and dead-ended on its eastern edge against the Main Line of the Erie Railroad. To the west was a row of frame houses, to the north a low one-story building connected directly to the fire building, and to the south a…

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