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Mack's Store Afire

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Parent Issue
Day
19
Month
May
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

F rom Monday's Daily. At about half past three, fire was discovered in the third floor of Mack & Co 's foruiture store, corner of S. Main and Liberty sts. Iimnedialely the fire department was on haud and several hnndred willing hands who helped carry ont the fornitnre on the first floor. Tbe daraage done can not very well be estimated, bat Bothing was savec" in the third floor and much was damaged in the second by water and smoke. The fire originated in the upholsters' room on the northwest corner of the third floor. In soroe way cotton batteDing canght fire and it spread with ligbtning speed. As soon as discovered one of the upholsterers rnshed down stairs and had the olerk telephone the fire department which was promptly on hand. lt was some time before the flames showed themselves on the east side of the building. Aiter the hnes of hose were laid the trolley cars were stopped from running and transfers were made across. The intensity of the flames on the third story could b'e acconnted lor by knowing the large aniount of fnrniture, oils and varnishes stored there. Four streams of water were ponred on the building for a long time without apparent effect. The building is owned by William Aprill and eost some 125,000. It was built by John Keek and was one of the bandsomest blocks in the city. The anildiug was occupied by the Mack Furniture Co. which carried some 140,000 stock covered by 125,000 insurance Later - The fire is spreading into the Pratt block on the eouth. This is ocenpied by the Crescent Corset Works, and other tenants. Miss Fashbaugh, ;he millmer, who is located on the first loór, as soon as the fire started j acked her goods in cases and had them removed. Among those who distinguishd theniselves for deeds oí courage, were "Shorty Foot Ball" Allen a law student, and Cnarlie Tbomas,colored, Mr. Allen worked on the second floor carrying the hose right into the center of the fire. Thomas carried the hose up the ladder and chmbed into the third story window on two different oceasioos with as much abandon as if he was attending a cake walk. Both ot the men reeeievd applanse from the thousands of spectators. There were some injuries received by being ent with glas. Among these is Tony Schiappicasse, jr., wbose face is said ;o have received a large portion of glass. The adjoining property owners were considerably agitated and kept he cornices of their buildings wet with water. Main streceived theappeaiance of a second hand auction sale. The goods had to be moved several times which of course damaged them considerably. All the hose of the department was n use and more was needed. The Ypsilanti fire department was called on and generously responded with a wagon filled with hose. It was brought o tbe city by a troiley car. In a jiffy the hese wagon was off the flat tiuck, and the hose in place doing good work. There were seven iines of hose on hree hydrants on Main st. between ;he Ann Arbor Saviugs Bank and Wiliam st. The water main stood the as upon lts capacity most exceJlently. At the time of going to press the fire was fully under control.