Council Bluffs, IA Implement House Fire, Dec 1906
$165,000 LOSS BY FIRE
Council Bluffs Implement House Is Destroyed.
Council Bluffs.- The five story building and three story annex, occupied the largest implement and vehicle warehouse on the Missouri river, was destroyed by fire. The loss on stock controlled by the company is estimated at $90,000 on stock owned by other companies, $15,000; on building, $60,000.
Owing to recent arrangement of insurance some of which had not yet been placed, no reliable estimate can be made on the insurance, but it will not exceed 50 per cent.
The fire was the most spectacular occurring in Council Bluffs in years. The building was packed from cellar to roof with machinery, buggies, wagons, pumps, etc. On the second floor there was a double deck of buggies.
The fire started in the roof and burned slowly, raging from 5.38 o'clock to nearly 9 o'clock before being under control, and a large force was required throughout the night to prevent it spreading.
The Humeston New Era, Humeston, IA 19 Dec 1906