Duluth, MN fire, Mar 1896
AN EARLY BLAZE
Fire Does $500 Damage at 12 and 14 Second Avenue West.
STARTED AT 2:45 THIS MORNING
Prompt Action Saved the Building and Neighboring Structures.
Fire broke out early this morning in the building at 12 and 14 Second avenue west, occupied by J. H. Edwards & Co., dealers in paints and wall paper, and caused about $500 damage before being extinguished.
Officer McLennan saw flames issuing from the upper windows and turned in the alarm from box 41 about 2:45 o'clock. He was joined by William Carson, who aided in forcing the door open and entrance was obtained into the second story where the fire started. It was found to be unoccupied, Ed. Culver, the former tenant having left for Hot Springs recently. His furniture was still in the building. By prompt and effective work the fire department quenched the flames in short order. The damage will not exceed $500 and was mostly caused by water. The origin of the fire is unknown. The loss on the building was slight.
The Duluth News - Tribune, Duluth, MN 1 Mar 1896