Plymouth Fibre Mills (Lawrence, MA)

FIRE_L[1]The library owns 2 photographs taken at the time of the Plymouth Mills fire.

The fire broke out at 12:13 PM at a brick storehouse of the Plymouth Fibre Mills (formerly the American Fibre Matting Co.) plant on Marston Street, January 25, 1911.  H.A.S. Read, manager of the mill, estimated that loss of the contents was $50,000 to $70,000.  The building contained bales of woolen thread and rolls of matting.  The brick storehouse was also a total loss.  The fire was spectacular and strained the fire departments ability to contain it.  The 300 operatives (one half of them women) had enough time to evacuate with their belongings.  The fire was under control by 3 o’clock that afternoon.

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