New Orleans, LA Commercial District Fire, Aug 1908
DISASTROUS FIRE AT NEW ORLEANS
Twenty Buildings Damaged Causing Loss of Two Million Dollars.
New Orleans, Aug. 30. - While the firemen of the city were several miles away, enjoying their annual picnic, fire broke out in the block next to the big custom house and caused a loss of probably $2,000,000. It was the greatest fire in New Orleans since the memorable destruction of the Stuyvestant docks. No fewer than twenty buildings were damaged, including many wholesale establishments.
The fire started shortly after noon to-day and is still burning, but under control. The entire department of the city was pressed into service after great delay and the thousands watching the fire saw the great walls fall forward into the streets. Several of the wholesale liquor establishments collapsed with deafening explosions.
The fire is believed to have started in the Central Glass company's building on Blenville, between Chartes and Decatur streets. Several firemen were injured by flying bricks and glass.
The Manitoba Morning Free Press, Winnipeg, MB 31 Aug 1908