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Fire In Chelsea

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Our C bel sea correspondent sends us the following accountot the iire 'm tliac place. On Thursday uight lust week, about midnigbt a fire broke out in the rear of Heller & Wackenhut's butcher sbop on the west side of soulh Main Street. It look lire from a stove svhich had been left with lire in it at closing time. A dance was in progresa at the tOivn hall and scveral persons were sooii on the spot, but the flames had advanced too far to allow more than the books {of the firm to be saved. It was a two story building owned by W. J. Knapp and occupied by the butcher shop ou one side and by Mr. Knapp for storage of machinery on the other. George Masfs blaeksmith shop in the rear of Mr. Knapp's building and Ilugh Sherry's harness shop joining it on the north were also totally destroyed, all being wooden buildings. Theplate glass fronta in the entire block on the east side of the strebt were more or less cracked anddamaged. If the wind had blown as it did the night before it would have been impossible to save the block on the east side of the street. The losses were as follows: W. J. Knapp on building $600, insured for f500; loss on machinery $500, insured for $400. Heller & Wackenhut loss on fixtures and stock $500, insured for $400. Hugh Sherry's loss on building $500, insured for $350. Loss on stock and tools $100, not insured. George Masts,loss on shop, some tools and coal $200, no iusuranee. A. Steger damage to chieken house $75, covered by insurance. H. S. Holmes damage to nis two store fronts $300, covered by insurance. ïaylor & Blaich damage to store front $100, covered by insurance. Mrs. Girbach damage to store front $100 iusured. John Bagge damage to his store front $150, covered by insurance. Mr. Knapps hardware store and Fred Freys saloon just across the allev north of the burned buildings would have been destroyed if they had not had metal blinds to protest them. Three brick buildings are expected to be built next summer in place of those burned. The buildings burned so quickly and so quietly that many people living from five to twentyfive rods away did not know of the Ore untilnext morning. The old Chelsea house and two adjoining buildings are all the wood structures left on Main street in the business part of the village.


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