June 17, 2017
Across the street from the mural in yesterday's POTD is Clipper Mill. In 1995 there was a horrible fire killing one fire fighter and injuring many more. This stone wall was left as a memorial to him. Clipper Mill was reinvented and is now the home to both residential and commercial spaces.
The buildings that comprise the Clipper Mill complex date back to the 1850s. As the Poole and Hunt Foundry, the complex was an integral part of Baltimore’s and the nation’s manufacturing economy as they produced steam engines, steam boilers, the Leffel American double turbine water-wheel, circular and gang saw-mills, crushers for various milling and mining operations, railroad cars and engines, and screw pile lighthouses. Specifically, the site had close ties to the city and country’s burgeoning railroads, which started in Baltimore, as it made major machine pieces for the railroads.
Here is one of the articles on the fire:
A Baltimore firefighter was killed and three others were seriously injured Saturday night as they battled a blaze that destroyed a historic warehouse in the city's Woodberry neighborhood.
Eric Schaefer, 25, died after a stone wall of the 100-year-old building collapsed on him and several other firefighters. It was the fire department's third fatality in 10 years and the first one since 1991.
Fire officials said they are investigating the cause of the blaze in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park, which drew hundreds of firefighters from units across the city and Baltimore County. Officials speculated that the fire may have been sparked by electrical wires.
Flames spread quickly through the high-ceilinged, one-story building, possibly fed by flammable chemicals in the space that houses several small businesses, including artists' studios and a furniture-repair store.
The Associated Press reported that a witness heard five small explosions as the fire raged. Firefighters had brought the blaze under control by 1 a.m. yesterday. Officials said several firefighters were injured when they tried to enter the building. They cut through a garage door, and as soon as they got in, the roof collapsed, causing the granite stone wall to cave in.
Schaefer, of Baltimore, had been with the fire department about two years. He had recently been married, fire department officials said. The three other badly injured firefighters were in serious but stable condition at local hospitals yesterday.
Samuel Johnston, vice president of the Woodberry Community Association, said the complex dated to 1850 and was used during World Wars I and II to store surplus military equipment.