Dec 10, 2008
PIER FIRE - 1900
On June 30, 1900, flames erupted in bales of cotton on Pier 3 of the North German Lloyd Steamship Co. in Hoboken, New Jersey. Within 15 minutes, the fire spread to four ocean liners and two dozen smaller vessels, according to The New York Times. Hundreds of people were trapped inside the burning ships. As many as 400 died in the conflagration.