April 17, 1869 Box No. 3 sounded at 9:01pm. A fire started in the shavings bin of a cooperage shop and was soon through the roof of the 3 story brick building. Assistant Chief Engineer Ross noticed the high brick chimney shaking and ordered the firemen out of the building. Chief Ross waited for his last fireman to flee the building,then brought up the rear and ran for safety. Suddenly, the chimney fell, pulling the front wall of the 3 story building with it and landing the men of Engine 1 and Engine 4 in the cellar. Chief Ross was caught in narrow street and the falling brick forced him onto an iron fence causing one of the sharp points to penetrate his left breast. Assistant Chief Engineer William C. Ross died from his injuries on May 4, 1869. His age and years served are unknown at this time.