An all-consuming fire at the Cocheco Manufacturing Company’s Mill #1 (now One Washington Center) broke out on January 26, 1907 on the 4th floor. Fire spread rapidly and power was out, leaving panicked workers in darkness and smoke. Many were injured leaping from windows as there was only one fire escape. Firefighters battled for 36 hours in below-zero weather. Water sprayed from this hose cart froze almost immediately on contact. In the end, four lives were lost and the mill was a total loss. In the background, you can see the “Big Ben” alarm bell which hung at the Broadway Fire Station and was polished every Monday morning.
Location: H1, Whitehouse alcove