New York, NY Imitation Hair Building Fire, Jul 1874
About 6:30 P. M. yesterday a fire broke out on the top floor of the three-story brick building No. 13 Howard street among a lot of imitation hair. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained, but it is supposed to have been through the carelessness of one of the occupants. The fire made rapid headway and soon burned through the roof and spread to the roof of the house adjoining, No. 15 Howard street. Although the fire did not get below the third floor, water was poured into the building for nearly two hours before it was extinguished. The floor where the fire originated was occupied by C. C. Crummey & Co., imitation hair goods. Damage to stock, $600. The basement was occupied by McMann & Co., dealers in jute; damage to stock about $150. The first floor was occupied by W. Boardman as a lager-beer saloon; loss, $300. The second floor was occupied by W. Jorolamen, carpenter and builder; loss, $250. None of the above persons were insured. The building was damaged to the extent of $500. No. 15 Howard street was but slightly damaged.
The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Jul 1874