Newark, NJ Malt House Fire, Jun 1895

NEWARK, N. J., June 4.----P. Ballentine & Sons' malt house, and grain elevator, and Allen & Porter brewery this morning broke into flames. The flames were first seen in the elevator at 1 o'clock this morning. They ate their way into the elevator shaft to the north and into the malt room to the south. At 1:40 o'clock the northeast corner of the malt house was destroyed. Half an hour later the roof of the elevator toppled out over into Fulton street, crushing the trolley wires and blocking the car service in that section.

Eight fire engines were working to confine the fire to the grain section. All the floor had fallen at 2 o'clock. At 3 o'clock the northeast wall of the malt house fell into the Passac river along with hundreds of tons of grain. No one was injured. The origin of the fire is unknown.

Late estimates place the total loss at $225,000.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 3 Jun 1895

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