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Norfolk, NY Three Buildings Burn, Mar 1918

Norfolk NY Main Street Before Fire 1918.jpg

TRAPPED IN STORE, OWNER DIES IN FIRE.

THREE BUILDINGS IN NORFOLK DESTROYED BY FLAMES.

LOSS IS ABOUT $75,000.

LESLIE L. CRABBE GOES BACK TO SAVE PAPERS AND IS KILLED.

Norfolk, March 11. -- Trapped in his store, LESLIE L. CRABBE, supervisor and well known business man, was killed in a fire which destroyed three buildings here early yesterday morning.
THe CRABBE and the BUTLER buildings and another building were destroyed. The loss is estimated at $75,000.
MR. CRABBE endeavored to save the books in the store and the flames cut off egress. Heroic efforts were made to save him but rescuers were held back by smoke and fire.
Losers include:
CRABBE & CURRY, grocery.
ARTHUR R. CRABBE, hardware store.
LEON BUTLER, block and hardware store.
F. J. FLANAGAN, law office.
FLOYD ALDOUS, restaurant.
ARTHUR B. KING, barber shop.
F. L. BALCH, household goods.
MR. CRABBE and MR. KING discovered the fire starting in a hallway between the CRABBE & CURRY grocery and general store and ARTHUR B. CRABBE'S hardware store.
Thhis was about 1:30 A.M., and MR. CRABBE was closing the store. He went back to the store to save his books and papers. His body was found late yesterday morning.
Evidently he tried to get out the rear door, but smoke and flames barred the way.
MR. KING gave the alarm. With a blizzard raging, villagers did their best to fight the fire. It was difficult to start the pump drawing water from the Racquette river.
The Norwood five department was called, but after apparatus had been loaded on a train the order was countermanded.
The CRABBE block, built four years ago, a two-story structure of wood sheathed with metal, burned quickly.
The fire spread to the BUTLER building containing MR. ALDOUS'S restaurant.
MR. and MRS. BALCH lived on the second floor of this building. They lost all their household goods.
This is the second disastrous fire in Norfolk in three years. Three years ago, the business section was badly dmaged.
MR. CRABBE leaves his widow, two children, his mother and a sister.

The Syracuse Herald New York 1918-03-11

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