Springfield, MA City Hall Fire, Jan 1905
$50,000 FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD.
City Hall Completely Destroyed---Narrow Escapes from Death.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 6.---Springfield City Hall, valued at more than $50,000, was completely destroyed by fire in less than an hour to-day. The fire was discovered in the Assembly hall at 12:45 by employes[sic] of a food fair being held in the hall. There were probably fifty people in the building, and the flames spread so rapidly that there were many narrow escapes, but it is believed all got out.
It is believed that the fire was caused by the overturning of a kerosene lamp on the stage in the Assembly hall, where the fair was being held.
The New York Times, New York, NY 7 Jan 1905