The National Plumbing fire on top of the hill was a very memorable fire. The building itself was on the main road in and out of Ellwood City as the four lane highway wasn’t even a thought yet. These pictures were taken the next day and as you can see there are still pockets of smoke smoldering from a very hot fire. You can see how hot the fire was by what the heat did to the steel beams that held the building up. If you remember this fire or National Plumbing itself, please share your memories by leaving a comment below or email me at email@example.com
The fire was not the end of the business nor of the building itself. When the local 2688 United Steelworkers of America (CIO) went on strike in September of 1954, the National Plumbing Fixture Corp. employed 185 men. The firm ceased operations January 31 1967. Company officials reported that the firm could no longer compete with the larger manufacturers of plumbing fixtures.
It was reported in September of 1969, that a newly formed corporation, Guards Inc., leased the former machine shop building to manufacture safety guards for industrial machinery.
Post originally published 29 April, 2009
3 Comments to “National Plumbing fire of ’59”
Danny John wrote: I remember this fire well I was kinda young but my friends and I got really close to the fire
Don Anderson wrote: I remember the fire very well, we were coming back from Zeleinople and could see the fire for miles
Jim Bastian wrote: We had just moved to Ellwood and lived at the end of Smiley St. We could see the fire from our windows and my Dad took us over there because he thought it was Aetna Standard where he worked.