Camden Fire Department

Fire on Taylor Avenue
Federal Street
May 13, 1900


On May 13, 1900 two boys, aged 5 and 6, playing with matches, set off a conflagration that destroyed numerous homes, businesses, and public buildings in the 400 and 500 blocks of Taylor Avenue and Federal Street. The entire Camden Fire Department, former Camden volunteer firemen, and four companies of the Philadelphia Fire Department which were ferried over the river were engaged in extinguishing the blaze. Initial estimates of damages were reported as $225,000 worth incurred.

Phil Cohen
Camden NJ

The Federal Street market fire, 5-13-1900. Built in 1878 by John Read and William Scull, it occupied 414-422 Federal Street. Camden's first City Hall was erected on this same site in 1828. In 1845 the firehouse of the old Niagara/Weccacoe Fire Company was built. Both buildings wer razed to make way for the market. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 14, 1900
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Taylor Avenue
Federal Street
South 5th Street
Arch Street
Arthur Rose
Thomas Pinkerton
William Pinkerton
William Cowgill
William Grosscup
M.S. Irvin
B.F. Sutton
Charles WIlliams
Samuel Davis
Joseph Swing
Samuel S. Elfreth
Dr. Henry H. Davis
Mrs. James Morris
Cooper Hospital
George M. Beringer
F. Walter Toms
Camden Lodge of Elks No. 293
Edward Foster
S.B. Morris

Mrs. Robert Wible
Isaac S. Toy
Charles Foulon
Harry A. Miller
John Foster
John W. Cheney
C.W. Nichols
F.W. Potter
North Baptist Church
Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5, G.A.R.
New Jersey Safe Deposit & Trust Company
Berkley Street
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