Duluth, MN Opera House Fire, Jan 1889

Duluth, MN Opera House before the 1889 fire, photo from familyoldphotos.com

AN OPERA HOUSE BURNED.

THE LOSS WILL REACH $250,000 WITH [illegible] INSURANCE OF $100,000.

DULUTH, Minn., Jan. 28. - Fire was discovered is [sic] the Grand Opera House at 2 o'clock this morning. It started in the basement and was soon beyond control, although the whole Fire Department was early on the spot. At 3:30 A. M. the building was a total ruin. A row of frame buildings next the Opera House was in great danger, but all were saved except the Post Office, which was consumed. All the mails were safely removed.

The Hotel St. Louis, just across the street, was threatened and the guests moved out, but the flames did not attack this building. There were five stores and numerous upper floor tenants in the Opera House Building. State Senator Whiteman was removed in a dazed condition. Many of the tenants lost their effects. The tenants on the ground floor of the Opera House Building were Boyce & Tolman, druggists; J. T. Condon, general furnishing goods; general offices of the Wisconsin Central Railway; W. C. Sargent, coal and wood office; Osborne & Frazer, dealers in sales; West Duluth Land Company's office; M. M. Gasser, family groceries, and Seig Levy, wholesale liquor dealer.

Up stairs on the first floor were the offices of various lumber firms and lawyers, and on the second floor the Chamber of Commerce, music rooms, &c.

The Opera House was owned by Munsell & Markell and cost $112,000; insured for $70,000. The principal losses outside of the Opera House itself will be as follows: Boyce & Tolman, druggists, loss about $6,000; J. T. Condon, hats, $5,000; M. M. Gasser, grocery, $10,000; 10 other firms, whose losses cannot be estimated now. In addition to the above are the losses sustained by the office tenants. The total loss will reach $250,000; insurance $150,000.

The front wall of the Opera House fell into the street, but no one was hurt. At 4 A. M. the fire was under control.

The New York Times, New York, NY 29 Jan 1889

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Destruction of Duluth's Opera House.

DULUTH, Minn., Jan. 28. - A fire was discovered in the Grand opera house shortly before 2 o'clock this morning. It started in the basement and was soon beyond control, although the whole fire department was on the spot. At 3:30 the building was a total loss. The post-office was also consumed, but the mail was saved. There were five stores and numerous upper floor tenants in the opera house building. State Senator Whiteman was removed in a dazed condition. Many of the tenants lost their effects.

The opera house was owned by Munger & Markell, and cost $112,000. It was insured for $70,000. The principal losses outside of the opera house itself are as follows: Boyce & Tolman, druggists, $6,000; J. T. Condon, hats, $5,000; M. W. Grasser, grocery, $10,000, and Seig Levy, wholesale liquors, $12,000; besides others, whose losses cannot be estimated now. The total loss will reach $200,000 or more. The building was also occupied by the offices of various lumber firms, lawyers, the chamber of commerce, music rooms and the general offices of the Wisconsin Central railroad. The front wall of the opera house fell into the street but no one was hurt.

At 4 A. M. the fire was under control.

The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI 1 Feb 1889

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