Uniontown, PA National Auto Company Garage Fire, Apr 1916


Many Owners Lose Cars in Uniontown Garage Fire.

In a fire which burned the garage of the National Auto Company, located on Fayette street, Uniontown, last evening about 5 o’clock, 38 cars were destroyed. The entire loss is estimated at $65,000, which is covered by less than $40,000 insurance.

There were 43 automobiles in the building at the time, and five which escaped from the flames were in the display room. The origin of the fire is not known, but it is thought that it started in the vulcanizing room, spreading over the building in an incredibly short time. No one was in the room at the time and it was not until Joseph Cronick, an employe{sic}, saw smoke coming up the elevator shaft that the fire was discovered.

The losses of the automobile owners amount to $35,000 to the auto company for damage to cars, $26,000, and damage to the building, $5,000. The heaviest loser was probably Dr. C. M. Luman, who lost two automobiles. One of them had only been driven 275 miles and had just been put away before the fire was discovered.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 13 Apr 1916