Madison, IL Explosion and Fire, Jan 1908

Madison, Ill., Jan. 25. -- A mysterious explosion in a hard coal stove started a fire which destroyed the greater part of two city blocks in the heart of the business section today. The loss will exceed $100,000. Forty persons were left homeless.

Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, IL, 25 Jan 1908

--------

Madison, Ill., Jan. 25. -- An explosion in a heating stove started a fire that destroyed the greater part of two city blocks in the heart of the business section of Madison this morning. The loss will exceed $100,000. Forty persons left homeless without breakfast and some in night clothes suffered intensely from the severe cold in trying to save contents of stores and residences. A drove of panic stricken horses rushed through the fire fighters.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 25 Jan 1908