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New York, NY Columbus Gas Fixture Fire, Oct 1907


Thirteen Fire Companies Battle to Save Big Factory Building - ”Loss over $200,000

NEW YORK, Oct. 12. - Fire of unknown origin against which firemen from thirteen engine companies battled early today destroyed a six story brick factory building at 176-189 Grand street, causing a loss estimated at over $200,000.
Hundreds of families were driven from surrounding tenements in a pouring rain and were not permitted to return to their homes until after 3 a. m.

Shortly before 3 o'clock the firemen finally succeeded in getting the flames under control.

Several firemen were overcome by smoke and a watchman who had lost his way in the building was rescued on the third floor.
The building was occupied by the Colubbus (sic) Gas Fixture Co.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 12 Oct 1907

article | by Dr. Radut