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Springfield, MA Phelps Co Publishing House Fire, Jan 1907


Phelps Co., at Springfield, Mass., Sustain Loss Estimated at $1,000,000---Spontaneous Combustion Started Fire.

Springfield, Mass., Jan. 28.---The entire plant of the Phelps Publishing Company, comprising four buildings and covering nearly an acre of ground, was destroyed by fire to-day, causing a loss estimated at $1,000,000. No one was injured.

The fire started from spontaneous combustion among some benzine-soaked rags in the basement of the main building. In addition to this structure, which was four stories in height, there was another four-story building, one five stories in height, another of two and a half stories, all being connected by passageways. All the buildings, which were of brick, were destroyed.

Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC 29 Jan 1907

Read another article about the fire (below)

article | by Dr. Radut