( CNN) This is a building that refuses to go down without a fight.

In 1914, a massive flame raged through inventor Thomas Edison’s lab complex in downtown West Orange, New Jersey. Chemical-fueled flames shot 100 feet in the sky, burning five city blocks and destroying virtually his entire operation.
Edison watched firemen fight the inferno from neighboring Building Number 5, better known as the Battery Factory, which stimulated millions of batteries for experimental vehicles like submarines and electric cars. Built with his durable Edison Cement, the Battery Factory miraculously escaped damage.