The Fire Museum of Maryland
The Fire Museum of Maryland has the third largest collection on display of any fire museum in the world. Among its collection are 42 antique fire apparatus, memorabilia, fire-fighting equipment, models, and photographs. Aside from these impressive belongings that can be found in the museum, there is history from the city of Baltimore that is laid forth. This includes the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
A fire alarm sounded several minutes before 11 on a Sunday morning at the John E. Hurst Building, a wholesale dry goods house which stood on the south side of German Street at Liberty in the heart of Baltimore’s business district. It was followed by a mighty explosion which blew out the walls of the building, scattering burning embers in all directions. The raging Baltimore Fire of February 7, 1904 was underway. Nearly 36 hours later it was finally under control. Seventy-two fire companies fought the blaze, 38 of them from Philadelphia, New York City, Harrisburg, West Chester, Wilmington, Washington; even as far away as Altoona, PA. National Guard troops from Washington and Philadelphia helped Baltimore Police guard the destruction left in the wake of the fire, protecting against looting. The task of cleaning up the debris was handled by hundreds of volunteers who witnessed the fire and offered their help.
Total losses from the fire’s wrath were estimated at more than $150,000,000, a huge sum 85 years ago! In order to better understand the sights and sounds of the Fire, the Museum has prepared an audio walking tour (25 min.) available of the Great Baltimore Fire. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the Fire and what happened through the eyes of Chief George Horton, the fire fighters who helped tame the fire and also the emotional tragedy residents endure watching the city burn.
Other Exhibits at The Fire Museum of Maryland
Other things that can be seen at this impressive museum are 1871 Engine Co. #8 Façade Restoration, High Pressure Exhibit and 1901 Truck 11 Doors Exhibit.