Atlanta, GA Two Business Blocks Burn, May 1908
LOSS IS $1,500,000.
Atlanta, Ga., May 8. -- Two solid business blocks of Atlanta are in ruins today as the result of a fire which threatened for a time to destroy the business section of the city and perhaps wipe out the entire down town district. The fire loss may be conservatively estimated at $1,500,000.
The Terminal hotel, one of the largest in the city, is a mass of bricks. Nearby were several other small hotels but in these there was no loss of life nor was there any in the Terminal hotel.
The fire started in the SCHTESSINGER-MEYES Baking Co., Madison and Nelson streets at 3:30 this morning, and when the first fire company headed by Chief CUMMINGS arrived the building was a mass of flames.
Poor water pressure hampered the firemen. The high wind drove the flames across the street to the Terminal hotel. Within half an hour the walls and roof of the hotel had fallen in. Spreading from Madison street to Nelson street the fire ate its way into the Liquid Carbonic Co., structure, a five-story building to the east and soon there were two terrific explosions which seemed to carry all retaining walls and the roof of this building to the basement. Next to the Carbonic company's building was the INMANN block, a three-story building which contained nine or ten business concerns. A narrow alley separated the INMANN block from the fire and it was soon a mass of flames and fire company after fire company was drawn away from other spots and their combined forces applied here, for it was at this point the fire was to be stopped from crossing Mitchell and Forsythe streets and burning further into the city.
East of the Terminal hotel on Mitchell street was the Marion hotel and Childs hotel. The fire stopped after ruining the latter hotel. Across the street postoffice station B, the most important sub-station in the city, the Southern Suspender Co. and the Southern Handkerchief Mfg. Co., the Georgia Vehicle Co., the Piedmont Hat Co. and McClure's Ten Cent store all fell away like so many cigar boxes, leaving a clear space across a whole block.
Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1908-05-09