Portland, ME Portland Press Newspaper Fire, Mar 1919


Germans Believed to Have Started Flames in Portland Press Building.

PORTLAND, Me., March 8.--An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire last night which destroyed the annex and top floor of The Portland Daily Press building. The publishers of the paper, whose plant was damaged by fire nine months ago, said they had received several threatening letters from German sympathizers, and for a time a close watch had been kept about the building.

The fire started in the rear of the annex on the fourth floor, occupied as a shirtwaist factory, where the other blaze was discovered last year. It was said that two explosions were heard.

The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Mar 1919