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A Study Of . . . Washington NJ / Needham Factory & Adjacent House On Fire, #003

#003 needham & house on fire

Fire!  The John Sommer Co, which made piano backs and faucets, took over the Needham building in 1915. Sommer's tenure here was short-lived, however, because on St Patrick's Day of 1916, the all-wooden structure burned to the ground, dragging the adjacent corner house into oblivion along with it. A close inspection of the wall of flames at the right of the picture will show that the front of the factory has been reduced to the basement windows - you can see their silouette under the flames.  (Picture from the "Washington New Jersey Centennial History And Program"; caption by Thomas Allen Kelley)

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