Springfield, MA City Hall Burns, Jan 1905

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CITY HALL BURNS.

SPRINGFIELD, MASS., IS VISITED BY A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE.

Springfield, Mass., January 5. -- The City Hall is burning and probably will be a total loss. The police court building is also on fire.
The City Hall is practically a total loss.
The police headquarters building probably will be saved.
SMITH & MURRAY'S department store caught fire in the rear, adjacent to the City Hall, but probably will be saved.

Oakland Tribune California 1905-01-07

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CITY HALL BURNED AT CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

ESTIMATED LOSS IS ABOUT $200,000 -- CAUSED BY OVERTURNED LAMP.

Springfield, Mass., Jan. 6. -- The city hall, a two-story brick structure completed in 1855 at a cost of $75,000, was destroyed by fire today. The building was backed up in the rear by large business blocks, separated only by a narrow alleyway, and but for the absence of wind a serious conflagration could hardly have been avoided. A food fair was in progress on the second floor, but as the fire occurred at the noon hour there were only sixty people in the building.
The fire is believed to have been caused by the upsetting of a kerosene lamp and in a few moments the whole interior was in flames. So rapidly did the building burn the people in the structure barely escaped with their lives. Two women employes of the city were overcome by smoke, but were taken out uninjured.
The loss to the city will not be known for some time, as it is believed valuable papers have been destroyed. A city official said tonight that the loss would be about $200,000.

Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1905-01-07