New York City, NY Fire On Broadway, Jan 1888

A $1,500,000 BLAZE ON BROADWAY, NEW YORK.

New York, Jan. 31. -- Broadway was visited at 5:45 o'clock yesterday morning by the most fierce and disastrous fire that has occurred in the great thoroughfare for fifteen years. In one and one-half hours, despite the sending out of a general call for fire apparatus, four immense business houses were destroyed and others seriously damaged. The total loss is estimated at $1,500,000.
The fire was discovered by a policeman in the basement of Nos. 549 and 551 Broadway, occupied by HENRY ROGERS. The officer sent in an alarm, which was soon followed by a general alarm. The flames made rapid progress, eating their way to the roof in a few minutes and driving the firemen to the adjoining buildings. Seeing that the structure was doomed, they turned their attention to the surrounding property. The flames were soon seen issuing from No. 553, and spread rapidly. A few minutes after, a terrific explosion occurred, followed by a shower of bricks and iron, which fell into the street. Assistant Foreman REDLEY was buried underneath the debris and fatally hurt. A number of firemen received trifling injuries. No. 547 next began to burn, and soon was a mass of flames from cellar to roof and the upper floors of No. 545 were burning. The flames were kept from spreading to buildings on the opposite side of the street. At eight o'clock the fire was finally gotten under control.
The firms who lose by the fire are as follows:
No. 535 Broadway -- ROBERTSON & KAUFMAN, trimmings -- P. K. WILSON, laces -- STERN, FALK & CO., clothing -- M. KALEMPER, linings.
No. 547 Broadway -- F. BIANCHI, feathers and flowers.
Nos. 545 and 551 -- HENRY ROGERS, fancy goods -- J. L. LIBBY & CO., clothing -- VEITH & WILSON, fancy goods -- C. A. YOST, clothing -- MABLINSON & CO., clothing.
No. 553 -- JERKOWSKI & ERNEST, clothing -- MITCHELL & PICARD, clothing -- LOUIS METZGER, importer.
Later estimates made the loss by Monday morning's fire fully $2,000,000. At 9:30 the flames again broke out fiercely and many engines had to be called back. By hard work the fire was confined to the five gutted buildings, 547, 549, 551, 553 and 555 Broadway.

The Elyria Democrat Ohio 1888-02-02

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Broadway Fire

ALL ARE IN ASHES
MANY STORES DESTROYED IN NEW YORK.

The Loss Runs Up to the Millions – Broadway Blocked by a Portion of the Ruins – One Fireman Killed and Others Injured – Insurance – Other Fires.

New York, Jan. 30 – One of the largest fires that has occurred in this city for many months, broke out in the store of Henry Rogers & Co., 549 Broadway, early this morning and extended to and destroyed five adjoining stores. All the engines below Forty-third street responded to the alarm. The property occupies the west side of Broadway between Prince and Spring streets and extends through Mercer street. The building where the fire originated was a five story, iron front, double building, and was occupied by Henry Rogers & Co., dealers in fancy goods; Weed, Nelson & Co., fancy trimming; C. A. Yost, summer clothing, and Malicolmson & Co., boys’ clothing. Number 545 was occupied by Robertson & Kaufman, dealers in trimmings; P. K. Wilson & Son, importers of laces; Steinfalk & Co., boys’ clothing, and Kaempher, manufacturer of boys’ waists. Number 547 is a five story building and was occupied by F. Beianchi & Co., importers of flowers. Number 553 was occupied by Louis Metzer, importers of milliners trimmings; Jerowski & Grust, importers of cloth, and Mitchell & Ricand, clothing; Number 555, a five story brick front was occupied by R. Isaacs & Bro., dealers in Japanned goods; Sam’l Lowenstein, dealer in neckwear; and Schwok & Son, importers of fancy goods. Numbers 557 and 559 were a large double iron front and were occupied by Henry Newmann, cotton goods; Lipman & Sons, clothing; C. C. Carpenter, dealer in crinolines; and Plavy & Bros. Numbers 561 and 563 were occupied by Stiner, Khan & Co., novelties and Swiss carvings. Gotthold & Co., hat and bonnet framers, T. J. Barber & Co. straw goods and the Holland Manufacturing Co. spool silke, whose factory is in Williamantic, Connecticut. The flames spread with astonishing rapidity after once breaking out and several accidents occurred. Several men were bruised by the falling bricks from the walls. MIKE KELLY fell and was severely injured. FIREMAN SHERIDAN jumped from a burning roof and parts of the wall of the building fell upon him. He may die. The walls of the building fell and the ruins covered Broadway, stopping travel for several blocks. The stock in eight buildings was totally destroyed and the in other buildings facing on Spring, Prince and Mercer streets here is damage by fire and water. The buildings on the east side of Broadway were also injured by falling bricks and smoke. The fire insurance adjusters say the loss will reach two million five hundred thousand dollars.

The insurance men now estimate the loss at one million five hundred thousand dollars.

FIREMAN RIELLY died at noon from his injuries. But little can be learned of individual losses. The buildings destroyed were valued at $500,000, and on these the insurance is comparatively small. The damage to stock is now estimated at one million dollars.

New York, Jan. 30 – The Evening World estimates the loss at between four and six million dollars.

The Daily Northwestern. Oshkosh, WI 30 Jan 1888