Brownwood, TX Electric Light Plant Fire, Apr 1909

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BROWNWOOD FIRE LOSS NEAR $70,000

ELECTRIC LIGHT PLANT AND STORE BUILDING DESTROYED IN THE FLAMES

STARTS OVER PLANT BOILERS

Lack of High Wind Probably Prevented Greater Damage---City in Darkness---Will Rebuild.

Special to The News.

Brownwood, Tex., April 9.---At 5 o'clock this morning fire destroyed the plant of the Brownwood Gas and Electric Company. Boyson's meat market and cold storage plant and the stock of C. H. Cox & Co., produce, causing a loss of from $60,000 to $70,000.

The fire started over the boilers and quickly spread to the market cold storage plant and C. H. & Co., all of which were under the same roof and really the same building belonging to the light company.

The loss on the light plant will be in the neighborhood of $65,000. Mr. Boyson would make no statement yet as to the exact amount of his loss or the light company, of which he was the principal owner.

The amount of insurance carried could not be learned, but it is understood well protected.

C. E. Cox & Co. estimated their loss at $4,000. At the time of the fire there was no wind, which no doubt prevented a more disastrous fire, and for awhile it looked as though other buildings would go. The town is in darkness tonight, but the manager of the light company says he will have new machinery here and have the lights on in a week.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 Apr 1909