Warren, PA Johnson Exchange Fire, Dec 1900

FIRE DESTROYS MUCH PROPERTY AT WARREN

Entire Plant of Newspaper Is Rendered a Complete Wreck.

Special to The Inquirer.

WARREN, Pa., Dec. 22.---Fire, which broke out in the three-story block known as the Johnson Exchange, at 2 o'clock this morning, utterly destroyed the interior and entire contents of the structure. A leaky gas main is thought to have been the cause of the fire.

Siegfried's pharmacy and Underwood's grocery, on the first floor, were damaged to the extent of $10,000 each. The law offices of Lindsey & Parmlee quarters of the Star Brick Company, and Keystone Glue Company were damaged to the extent of $5000. One the second floor was also the business office of the Evening Mirror, and on the third floor the mechanical department of the paper. All the property of the Mirror, including a pair of Mergenthaler typesetting machines installed only three weeks ago, were rendered a total loss. The Mirror lost a total of $25,000, with an insurance of $8000. The damage to the building, owned by the Johnson estate, amounted to $20,000.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 23 Dec 1900