Chicago, IL Arthur Manufacturing Fire, Mar 1891

Wiped Out By Fire

A Five-Story Brick Building Destroyed-Losses And Insurances.

Chicago, March 11.-During a blinding snowstorm $200,000 of property was destroyed by fire this evening at 103-107 West Fulton street. The conflagration was caused by a boy carelessly setting fire to a can of varnish. The burned premises consisted chiefly of a five-story brick structure owned by the Arthur Manufacturing Company and a building adjoining belonging to the Atlas Manufacturing Company. The Arthur structure is a total loss, amounting to $50,000, fully insured. Other losses in the Arthur building were as follows: L. Piese & Co., flour dealers, $25,000; insurance, $10,000. Trowkowsky & Co., picture-frame makers, $20,000; insurance $4,000. Williams & Crane, laundry machinery, total loss. Hess Stove Co., total.

The Atlas Company’s building was damaged $10,000. Murray & Co., butterine (sic) manufacturers, the tenants to suffer the extent of $15,000. The Garden City Vinegar Works stable, valued at $8,000, was also burned, and there were a number of smaller losses.

A squad of police escaped barely a few inches from being crushed under a falling wall. Three of their number were at the moment engaged in removing an unconscious rheumatic. Mrs. Wetzler, whose cottage was flattened to the earth under an immense mass of brick and timber.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Mar 1891