Stove Works Burned at Dover
Three of the main buildings of the extensive plant of the Richardson & Boynton Furnace and Range Works at Dover, N. J., were destroyed by fire at 7 a. m., June 27, with a loss of about $500,000. This was the largest manufacturing plant in that section of the state. All but one of the buildings destroyed were one story high, they were the large foundry, 408 by 125 feet, building No. 2, 50 by 400 feet, containing iron patterns and also used as a cleaning room, and building No. 3, 90 by 400 feet, which was of two stories. The first floor of this building was used as a machine shop, nickel shop, mounting shop and boiler assembling department. On the second floor was the sheet iron department, gas department and iron pattern shop. In addition to the above buildings the blacksmith shop, 50 by 50 feet in size, was destroyed. The fire started on the second floor of No. 3 building. Employees hustled out the company’s fire fighting apparatus, but say they were unable to get a stream with a force sufficient to carry the water to the second floor of the building, and were helpless, to check the flames, which by this time had spread rapidly all through the building and were fast licking their way to No. 2 building. When the firemen arrived the same difficulty confronted them and the steam fire engines were ordered by Chief Adclbert I’ McDavitt, which drafted from the river. There were thirteen streams on the fire and it is believed that if there had been a sufficient supply of water the fire could have been confined to the building in which it originated. Both steamers, the auto chemical engine and the ladder truck manned by the entire department, did all they could to prevent the spread of the fire with the limited supply of water.