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Haverhill, MA Academy of Music Fire, Jul 1888

A BIG FIRE AT HAVERHILL.

HAVERHILL, Mass., July 7.---The Academy of Music building, a four-story brick structure on Merrimac-street, was found to be on fire about 5:30 to-night, and so threatening became the outlook for surrounding property that aid was summoned from neighboring cities. Not long after the firemen had arrived at the scene a loud explosion occurred from some unknown cause, blowing out the rear wall, thus enabling the firemen to fight the flames to better advantage. The fire was a stubborn one, however, and it was only after two or three hours' hard work that it was subdued, having been almost entirely confined to the building in which it started. The building was erected in 1882 by a syndicate at a cost of $200,000, and in addition to a handsome music hall contained the Commonwealth Hotel, several stores, offices, and tenements. The building was pretty thoroughly gutted. The scenery was not insured. The origin of the fire is not known.

The New York Times, New York, NY 8 Jul 1888

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