Chronological Listing of Major Fires during the Volunteer Department Era
August 31, 1828
Van Houten Street, south side: Burned up Van Houten to Main Street and up Main to Ellison Street. 23 houses destroyed
July 19, 1830
Building of Abraham Godwin destroyed on southwest corner of Main and Van Houten Street
April 29, 1832
Destruction of the Little Beaver Mill, a brick and stone building on the West Side of raceway at the foot of Prospect Street. A Sunday night fire between 10 and 11 PM - from the painting by Thomas Whitely. The building was owned by Peter Walker and the fire, thought to be accidental, spread rapidly. By the time the engines arrived little could be done except preserve adjacent buildings.
August 2: Several stores burned out on west side of Main Street, near Broadway. Several fire companies indulged in a free fight. Men of Columbia Hose 1 and Protection Engine No. 5 resisted an attack from Engine No. 4's men. Afterwards the men of Hose 1 were expelled from the department and Columbia Hose Company One was disbanded.
December, 29: Several firms burned out at the northwest corner of Main and Van Houten Street. $40,000 loss.
January 3: David Henry's carpenter shop - Main Street near Smith Street November 12: Allen, Reynolds & Company Tobacco Factory. The first Supreme Sacrifice made by a Paterson Fireman - John Brophy of Washington Fire Engine Company 3
December 20: Waverly Mill, foor of Mill Street. $100,000 loss
July 8, 1868
Danforth, Cooke and Company Locomotive Works. The second Supreme Sacrifice made by a Paterson Fireman - James Johnson of Protection Fire Engine Company 5
May 10, 1869
Murray Mill $300,000 loss
September 7: National Mills December 13: Franklin Mill December 14: "The Town Clock" Fire: First Reformed Church, Old Post Office, several stores and residences
October 4: Watson's Shop Loss $300,000 December 22: Collier's Rolling Mill on Railroad Avenue
March 4, 1873
Riverside Hotel: Box 25 is the first fire transmitted via a street alarm box.
April 18: Firehouse and Steamer of Protection Engine Company 5 on Water Street June 28-29: Watson Shop December 8: Adam's Milll on Van Houten Street
April 21: Elvin's Arcade, Ellison Street west of Main Street. $80,000 loss June 28-29: Box 5 at 1:30 AM - Haring's Spice Mills and Paterson Horse Railroad Stables November 13: Box 3 at 1:55 AM - Bloomberg Brothers on Main Street
March 27: Box 14 at 5:40 AM Slater's Hotel on Ramapo Ave. April 12: Box 7 at 9 AM Buchanan & Company's Mill on Mill Street April 13: Box 3 at 2 AM Norwood and Company on Main Street December 17: A train of cars and several buildings (Oil Fire)
October 5: Box 25 10:45 PM Passaic Rolling Mill December 3: Box 43 11:15 PM Continental Hall at Main and Van Houten Street
February 13: Box 17 at 6:45 PM Roger's L and M Works & Barbour Mills on Spruce Street July 14: Box 45 at 6:30 PM Union Manufacturing Company on River Street
March 6: Box 16 at 5:30 AM Danforth L & M Company on Market Street May 20: Box 17 at 1 PM Grant Locomotive Works, Gas House on Jersey Street December 24: Box 52 at 1 AM F.C. Van Dyk & Company on Main Street
The sketch below of the Van Dyk Fire is embellished as the fire department was not using horses to pull steam fire engines in 1880
May 8: Box 14 at 2:55 AM Kip's Livery Stable on Ramapo Ave
July 2, 1882: Five Steamers at Work!
September 18: Box 71 2:30 PM R and H Adams on Van Houten Street November 29: Box 63 at 1:25 AM I.T Hyatts in Riverside
July 15: Box 72 at 7:45 AM Mahoney's Dry Goods Store on Main Street July 20: Box 12 at 4:10 AM Dolphin Manufacturing Company's batch house on Spruce Street
July 1885: Several Days of Fires
January 12: Box 14 at 3:10 AM Crosby Buildings, corner of Park Avenue and Crosby Place April 21: Box 63 at 3:22 AM Greppo Dye works in Riverside
February 5: Box 71 at 6:34 AM R and H Adam's Mill on Van Houten Street April 23: Box 12 at 2:50 PM Ivanhoe Paper Mill on Spruce Street: boiler explosion May 12: Box 25 at 11:10 PM Paterson Iron Works September 7: Box 16 at 2:25 AM Grant Locomotive Works on Market Street
January 23: at 10:40 AM Roger's L and M Works on Spruce Street June 28: Box 45 at 2:10 AM Ackerman's Stables on River Street July 10: Box 14 at 9:11 AM Bell Building at Market St and Ramapo Avenue October 24: Box 45 at 3:12 AM AR Rutan's Stable on Godwin Street
March 6: Box 14 at 4:44 AM Ekings block on Market Street June 3: Box 243 at 10:20 PM Doherty and Wadsworth at Beech and Essex Streets June 7: Box 36 at 2:05 AM Ulrich Piano Company July 24: Box 51 at 8:05 PM Kohlhaas Brothers Gun Mill October 15: Box 23 at 12:31 PM Peerless Plush Company Franklin and Summer Streets
February 8: Box 72 at 1:57 AM Washington Market, corner of Broadway and Fair Streets
February 13, 1890 The lasd major fire handled by the Volunteer department. Below are the Paterson Weekly Press clippings courtesy Jim Eifler Read columns L to R
MARCH 20, 1890: VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT CEASES OPERATION