New Orleans, LA Business Block Fire, Apr 1897
BIG FIRE IN NEW ORLEANS.
NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS' WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED.
New Orleans, April 16. -- One of the most picturesque business structures in the city, known as the Moresque block, owned by Gauch & Sons, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon, entailing a loss of upwards of $400,000. The Moresque building occupied one entire block, bounded by Camp, Poydras and Church Streets and Lafayette Square and its walls were built entirely of iron, in a design known as the Moorish.
The Montgomery Furniture company and Gauch, Sons & company, crockery merchants, were the tenants of the building and both firms carried full stocks. The fire is supposed to have originated in the top floor of the Montgomery section. In a twinkling the flames were observed to shoot out of the windows and later from the roof and a general alarm called the entire fire department to the scene.
The heads of the fire department saw quickly that the Moresque building was doomed and the efforts of the firemen were directed to keeping the flames from spreading to adjacent property. In this they were only partially successful, for two newspaper offices, The German Gazette and the Evening Telegram, were completely gutted, their contents being destroyed, and several stores were also a prey to the devouring elements. Adjacent dwelling houses and business properties were also damaged more or less by water.
Piqua Daily Call Ohio 1897-04-16