Carlisle Fire Company 615 NW Front St
PO Box 292 Milford, De 19963
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
On this date in 1889 a small fire in the third story of the Central Hotel was fortunately discovered in time to prevent a serious fire. The blaze was caused by carelessness presumed on the part of an employee with matches.Source: Milford Chronicle
Saturday, February 6, 2016
On this date in 1885 the headline reads "Fire! Milford's Narrow Escape, Large Livery Stables Entirely Consumed, The Stock Saved, The Incendiary in Jail, A calm night saves the business part of Milford".At about 5 minutes past twelve (12) on Sunday evening February 1,1885 while the citizens of Milford were generally asleep, there was an alarm of "fire" shouted lustily by hundreds of frightened people. When those residing in North Milford looked out of their windows to the sight that was before them was truly alarming.Large sheets of blaze were shooting high in the air and angrily lapping the Milford Hotel, the Odd Fellows Hall and Dr. Wm. Marshall's residence when it was generally known that the large livery stable and carriage sheds of the Milford Hotel were burning, everyone felt that the business portion of North Milford was doomed. Large pieces of blazing shingles soon covered the roofs of buildings along Walnut Street and sparks and heat from the burning stables made it almost impossible to remain of the buildings threatened. Brooms, buckets and force pumps were worked by willing hands and as fast as the buildings along Walnut Street took fire there was some one at work to extinguish it. It was evident from the first harness works of J. Lowery must burn, as it joined on to the stable; so the entire stock was removed without much serious damage. Then the large queens ware and grocery store of Mr. Wm B. Lowery, was next thought of and it's destruction was certain, the stock was removed, but by doing this, the careless manner of handling by the would be helpers, destroyed considerably over two thirds of the goods, everything downstairs were taken out ; but the entire stock stock of wood and willow ware and the stock of raw hides in the second story were lost.Every effort was then made to save the kitchen of the hotel; for had it burned the whole town along the creek may have gone. Water was poured down its roof and sides in a constant stream, but so hot was the fire that the men who did the work were badly blistered. The work of demolishing stables and out buildings was soon found to be the only means of checking the progress of the fire. Dr. Marshall's stables, adjoining those where the fire started, were soon wrapped in flames, and the threatened the destruction of the Davidson's and Gray's Block; but a calm night was the only saving cause of their being in existence today. The cow sheds were torn away and the contents of the walls were poured upon the property nearest the fire and as the exhausted itself, a feeling of hope returned; but it was long after daylight before the damage was past. All furniture of the Milford Hotel and the stores and private homes along Walnut Street their valuable property to places of safety. There was no systematic work done, but every man appeared to work with a will of his own and to this individual hard work, the thanks of adjoining property holders are due. Many houses kept coffee and bisquits ready to serve the tired workers. Soon after the first excitement was over; inquiry was made as to the origin of the fire, and the startling fact was brought out, that the well known person had been caught in the act of firing buildings.Source: Milford Chronicle.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
On this date in 1885, a series of articles was printed in the Milford Chronicle regarding a house fire that occurred at the new residence of Mr. Joseph E. Holland. The fire was discovered by Mrs. Holland with the origin of the fire traced to a wood stove in the sitting room. In the same edition an article commented the following; To those men who oppose the purchase of a fire engine and ladders years ago, do the work that saved the Holland residence last Saturday night. In the same edition, the following article read; Some plan should be devised by our Town Commissioners, whereby hooks and ladders can be purchased. Better still let them send a draft of an amendment to our act of incorporation to the legislation, that will permit the raising of $5,000.00 for purchasing and fitting up fire apparatus.Source: Milford Chronicle
Friday, February 5, 2016
On this date in 1892 a notice was posted in the Milford Chronicle announcing a meeting to be held on Tuesday evening, February 9th in Dorsey Hall to organize a fire company. It is the duty of all who can, to be present.Source: Milford Chronicle
Friday, February 5, 2016
On this date in 1889 an alarm of fire was sounded at 4:30 am when the mainsail of the "Susie Derrickson" was on fire. The sail had been run down after the vessel was made fast at the wharf and part of it was left resting upon the cabin stove pipe which caused it to burn. The fire was over several barrels of coal oil that formed part of her deck load and in a few minutes more would have caused a serious fire. The mainsail was ruined and the loss will be over $100.00.Source: Milford Chronicle
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Attorney General Warns Delawareans About Fraudulent Fundraising Calls to Support “Delaware Firefighters Foundation”
Attorney General Matt Denn warns Delawareans to be wary of potentially unauthorized telephone solicitations involving the “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” supposedly on behalf of local fire companies and firefighters.
The calls display a local (302) area code, and the callers request donations for the “Delaware Firefighters Foundation,” or they claim to be soliciting funds for “your local fire company” or “injured firefighters in your area,” without actually identifying the fire company or firefighters by name. There is no known charitable organization registered under “Delaware Firefighters Foundation” in Delaware or with the IRS Exempt Organization Division.
“It’s sad that someone is trying to take advantage of the respect we have and support we want to provide to our Delaware firefighters,” said Attorney General Matt Denn. “As consumers, we have the right to know who we are giving our money to and how it will be spent. So people should ask those questions and be very suspicious if they don’t get an answer.”
Delaware law requires callers to supply you with certain information, including:
• Whether they are a paid fundraiser;
• Where they are calling from, including company name and location;
• The charity for which the funds are being raised;
• The amount of the consumer’s donation that will actually go to the charity; and
• If they are calling on behalf of police, fire or law enforcement, they must either be an actual law enforcement employee or have written permission from the state, county or local first responder organization to make the call.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit reminds you to never give your credit card or bank account information in response to one of these calls. If you are interested in donating to your local fire company, the Attorney General encourages you to visit your local firehouse to drop off your donation in person, or donate directly to the fire company another way. Someone calling you to make a legitimate telephone solicitation on behalf of a Delaware fire company (or any charitable organization) should be willing to mail you a written donation form and envelope to send in a pledge. A list of all local fire companies in Delaware and their contact information can be found at the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Anyone who suspects they have been scammed or have received a suspicious solicitation, the Attorney General encourages donors to call the Attorney General’s toll-free Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or email the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
On this date in 1885 the new residence of Joseph E. Holland was discovered burning. The fire had its origin from a wood stove in the sitting room.Source: Milford Chronicle
Saturday, January 30, 2016
On this day in 1891 in the January 30th edition of the Milford Chronicle in the Milford Section had comments such as "It takes water to put out fires" and "Two fires this week with no water works". A short editorial read "Milford would be foolish to let a private company put in her water works. This means simply a water tax of 20 cents on the hundred dollars of valuation annually forever. We must own our works; and get all the revenues ourselves". In the same edition a Thank You was posted that read; "I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the gentlemen who so faithfully fought the fire Monday night last, when my property was in such immediate danger. They worked manfully and through their efforts saved the entire business portion of town". Frank KramlichSource: Milford Chronicle
Friday, January 29, 2016
On this date in 1892, it was reported in the Milford Chronicle following a meeting of the Light & Water Commission, Charles Parker was appointed a committee to wire on the coupling connections of the fire hose and attach 500 feet to each nozzle so that the apparatus will be ready at a moments warning to fight fire.Source: Milford Chronicle
Thursday, January 28, 2016
On this date in 1888 at about 7:00 o'clock in the evening, the residence of Willard Morgan on McColley Street in South Milfordwas found to be buring. The alarm spread over the town and the people assembled only to find the pumps frozen and the few buckets of water useful to put out the fire are not available and the flames making their way slowly against the high wind from the kitchen to the main building. All of the household goods, and nearly all the windows and doors were taken out. Then the Hook and Ladder Company proceeded to pull the burning building down and extinguish the fire it resulted from an over heated chimney. Mr. Morgan's loss is about $600.00 and he had no insurance as he permitted his policy to expire last year.Fortunately for the balance of South East Milford, the burned house was at the extreme end of the street running north and south and the high wind set the sparks headed over a vacant lot.Wind from a point further north would have caused a disastrous fire. Hooks and ladders are necessary adjuncts to fight fire with but it requires water to quench the flames.Milford should have water works and they can be put in for a cost not exceeding $20,000.00, but unfortunately there are a few property holders who are opposed to them, and for the reason that afire would convert old rat traps of buildings into cash. If opposition from this class is not more potent than the demands of the public with our legislature, the necessary law will be passed enabling the town to put in water works. They are a necessity. Source: Milford Chronicle
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