New York, NY Globe Stationery Manufacturing Fire, Mar 1880



A fire was discovered shortly before 11 o'clock last night in the building No. 89 Liberty-street. It had been burning a long time before it was noticed, and when the firemen began work it proised to be a very large conflagration. The flames were first seen by Joseph Hart, the janitor of No. 93 Liberty-street, when they burst out of the rear windows of the burning building. Hart informed the Police of the Twenty-seventh Precinct, who called out Engine Company No. 6. The members of this company dashed into the first floor of No. 89 Liberty-street, but were driven back by a dense volume of smoke. The rear of the store, which was occupied by the Globe Stationery Manufacturing Company, was filled with flames, ascending from the cellar. One alarm and four special calls for engines wer sent out in rapid succession. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Bates and Chief of Battalion Bonner, the firemen made steady progress against the fire, but they did not overcome it before it had run up to the third story, rear, of the building in which it originated.

The fire is believed to have strarted in the sub-cellar of No. 89 Liberty-street. This apartment, and the basement above it, were occupied by Thomas E. Arnold & Co., wholesale liquor dealers, as packing-rooms. The remainder of the building is leased and occupied in great part by the Globe Stationery Manufacturing and Printing Company. The stock of this company is in the first and second floors of the building was prrctically [sic] destroyed, esther [sic] by fir or water. In the upper floors of the building were composing and lithographing rooms, and a book-bindery. Offices on those floors were occupied by the Stockwell Self-lighting Gas Burner Company, of which W. G. Morgan is President and C. K. Truell, Secretary; by the Juvenile Line Company, a publishing corporation; the New-York Underwriter, an insurance journal; and by L. W. Lawrence, stationer. Thomas E. Arnold & Co. also occupy Nos. 85 and 87 Liberty-st. Damage was done by smoke and water to Nos. 87 and 91. So much water was thrown upon the fire that it was about two feet deep in the sub-cellars of the latter numbers. It was impossible to discover the exact amount of the loss, as none of the business men who suffer from it could be found last night. It is estimated, however, that the loss will be about $40,000, the greater part of which falls upon the Globe Manufacturing Company. The damage to the building No. 89 Liberty-street is about $6,000. It is probable that $4,000 will cover the injury done by smoke and water in Nos. 87 and 89 Liberty-street, the buildings adjoining the one in which the fire occurred. The origin of the fire could not be ascertained.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Mar 1880