Old News – Mott’s Fire

Probably because of this fire in the old newspaper article, Duffy-Mott Company ran the ad at the bottom. It was their way of saying that they would still remain in the area. They had plants in the area for many years. They did eventually move out. If you know when they left Hamlin or Holley, leave a comment. The area Mott’s plant is now in Williamson. In mid 2018 the company was merged into a larger corporation now named Keurig Dr. Pepper.

Brockport, NY

Thursday, Jan. 9, 1969

Seven Fire Departments Battle Duffy Mott Co. Blaze at Hamlin, Sunday

Two aerial ladders, 20 pumpers, and about 200 men from seven fire departments converged on Hamlin Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5, when fire badly damaged a warehouse at the Duffy-Mott plant in Hamlin. Known as building 24, it was located at the end of Orchard St., some distance from the main plant on Lake Rd., and was one of several connected warehouses. The buildings are separated by fore walls and the blaze was confined to the one building.

The large one-story wooden structure was filled with canned applesauce and canned apple juice, in cartons. It was estimated that half of the contents was damaged by either fire or water.

Discovered about 2:30 p.m., the fire raged out of control for nearly three hours. It was reported under control soon after five o’clock, although there were still many pockets of fire inside the building in the merchandise.

The blaze was believed to have started in the southwest corner of the building where the heaviest damage occurred. The roof caved in there but was held up by the cases of canned goods which were piled to the rafters.

Hamlin fire chief Milton Koss was in charge of the firefighters which included men and equipment from Walker, Morton, Brockport, Spencerport, North Greece, and Hilton, in addition to Hamlin. One truck remained at the scene all night, to guard against any outbreak from the still smoldering debris.

Lawrence Merritt, supervisor of the Town of Hamlin, is office manager.