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Milwaukee, WI Fire Mar 1895

A BIG FIRE IN MILWAUKEE
Several Large Buildings Destroyed, Others Burning.
A DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION
Started in the A. F. Tanner Company's Store at Grand Avenue and Fourth Street.
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY PROBABLY DOOMED
The Young Men's Christian Association Building in Flames--Guests Warned Out of Hotels.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 27--3 A. M.-- A fire which originated in the building occupied by the A. F. Tanner Furniture Company and Landauer & Co., dry goods, is still raging and threatens to become one of the most destructive fires ever known in this city.
The loss will be at least $1,000,000.
Before the fire department arrived on the scene, Grand Avenue and Fourth Street, the block was one mass of flames, and about ten minutes after the alarm the walls fell in with a big crash.
Just east of Tanner's store was the clothing house of Barling & Whithold. It has been burned to the ground. The flames jumped across Grand Avenue and caught a row of wooden tenement houses, so that the firemen and ploicemen with difficulty saved the occupants.
The heat was so intense that the building of the Young Men's Christian Association on the other side of Fourth Street caught fire, and also the library building.
The guests of the Davidson and the Schlitz Hotels were called out, as there was danger that the flames would spread to Third Street, where these hotels are situated. The dry goods house of James Morgan & Co., corner of Third Street and Grand Avenue was damaged by water.
The library building is burning, and it is not probable that it will be saved. Every effort will be made to save the books.
The east part of the building, which is owned by the Plankinton estate, is occupied by the Columbia Clothing Company and Benedict & Co., wholesale clothing.
The Germania Society, the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company, and the West Side High School also occupy part of the building.
On the north side of Grand Avenue, among the houses destroyed is the art store of Roelsen & Reinhardt, and most of the valuable pictures are a complete loss.
The Young Men's Christian Association Building probably will be destroyed, though every effort is being made to save the structure, which is one of the finest in the city.
There is hope that the fire in the Library Building will be extinquished before it shall reach the books, of which there are about 25,000.
The total loss is now roughly estimated at $1,000,000.
The five-story brick building which is occupied by the shoe firm of Au Bon Marche, on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Fourth Street is gutted.
The fire has caught the James Morgan building and the roof is burning.
The fire is fanned by a breeze from the southwest, and sparks are flying all over the lower part of the city. Several small buildings caught fire, but the flames were quickly extinguished.
The New York Times, New York, NY 27 Mar 1895

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