Albany, WI Block Fire, Mar 1911

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ALBANY'S LOSS BY FIRE ESTIMATED AT $25,000 TODAY.

GREEN COUNTY VILLAGE PARTIALLY DESTROYED BY MYSTERIOUS FIRE LAST NIGHT.

[Special to The Gazette]
Albany, Wis., March 4. -- Fire last night, did damage estimated at between twenty and fifty thousand dollars, totally destroyed two buildings, put the electric light plant out of business and damaged several other stores to a small extent in the town of Albany, Wisconsin.
The Morgan grist mill, which was operated by Ayers and Whitcomb, is a mass of ruins, the Wall pool room and flats are burned to the ground, a saloon across the street and C. W. Baker's hardware store are seriously damaged by fire and water and the entire city is without electric light or power.
The fire started in the northeast corner of the grist mill about 1 o'clock last night and spread rapidly. Its origin is a mystery and for a time the flames threatened to destroy the entire village. Sparks blew for some distance down the street and burned holes in awnings and several roofs caught fire but were extinguished without serious damage.
The village fire engine failed to work properly and bucket brigades were formed to aid in the work of keeping the flames from spreading. Calls were sent to Janesville for aid and later when the fire was under control telephone messages were sent for them not to come. The loss is estimated at twenty to twenty-five thousand dollars on all property destroyed, partially covered by insurance.
The electric light plant which was located in the grist mill, is a total wreck.

Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1911-03-04