Barney C. Moffatt  

October  10, 1858  -  April 26, 1908 at age 50  

 

Born :  unknown                
Entered Fire Department :
1
895
Duty :
Fire Fighter at Station #7  
Buried : Glenwood Cemetery, Section D, Plot 94 

Barney Moffatt died while fighting a large fire at the Mercantile Grain Company located at 1215 Hardy Street. The blaze began at six o’clock Sunday morning in the main warehouse of the plant where sacks of grain and feed were kept. After the fire was extinguished, crews were assigned to work among the sacks to make sure the fire was out. Moffatt and his Captain, Lawrence Lazzio, were given this assignment. Both were on top of the sacks, looking for small fires when suddenly the ceiling fell, crushing Barney Moffatt. Captain Lazzio, saved himself by grabbing a large ceiling beam.

Moffatt served as a Houston Volunteer Fire Fighter from 1886 until Houston disbanded the volunteer service and went to a paid department in 1895. He worked out of Stonewall 3 Volunteer Company.

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