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Smoke Engulfs S. State St. During Wild & Co. Fire, December 1947

Smoke Engulfs S. State St. During Wild & Co. Fire, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1947
Caption
Clouds Of Smoke Envelop Clothing Store: Smoke covered the S. State St. area and traffic was blocked from the street for more than three hours today as firemen battled a fire that destroyed a large stock of Christmas merchandise at Wild's clothing store. Firemen are shown at the rear of the store. (Another picture is on page 12)

Ann Arbor Fire Department Battles Wild & Co. Fire On State St, December 1947

Ann Arbor Fire Department Battles Wild & Co. Fire On State St, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1947
Caption
Firemen Battle Clothing Store Blaze: Masked firemen enter the rear door of Wild & Co.'s store at 311 S. State St., fighting a fire that lasted more than three hours this morning and endangered adjacent stores.

Students and Townies On State St Watch Ann Arbor Fire Department Battle Wild & Co. Fire, December 1947

Students and Townies On State St Watch Ann Arbor Fire Department Battle Wild & Co. Fire, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 10, 1947
Caption
Hundreds of students and townspeople thronged sidewalks to watch firemen fight the three-hour blaze which raced through the Wild Building, 311-313 State St., yesterday. Police roped off an area in front of the building and the crowd, jammed behind the barrier, made movement on the west sidewalk almost impossible. The street was closed to cars during the fire.

Wild & Co. Clothiers Interior Destroyed By Fire, December 1947

Wild & Co. Clothiers Interior Destroyed By Fire, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 10, 1947
Caption
Fire Ravages Store Interior: Havoc done to the interior of the Wild & Co. clothiers' store by yesterday's extensive fire in the Wild Building at 311-313 S. State St. is shown in the above photograph. Showcases and other fixtures collapsed into this jumbled wreckage as the fire-weakened floor gave way. Some salvage operations were being attempted today by store employees, as is indicated above, but very little hope was held that any appreciable amount of usable goods would be recovered. (Other pictures on pages 11 and 15)

Wild & Co. Store Manager Assesses Damage From Fire, December 1947

Wild & Co. Store Manager Assesses Damage From Fire, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1947
Caption
Clarence G. Schneider, store manager of the Wild & Co. clothing store at 311 S. State St., is shown kneeling by a pile of shoes extracted from the wreckage resulting from yesterday's disastrous State St. fire. Virtually all of the merchandise was believed to have been hopelessly damaged by flames, smoke and water, but work was begun to determine what might be salvaged.

Flames Reach Underground At Wild & Co. Fire On State St, December 1947

Flames Reach Underground At Wild & Co. Fire On State St, December 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1947
Caption
Flames From Fire Sweep Under Pavement: Members of the Ann Arbor fire department open a sidewalk manhole to fight underground flames that spread from a fire at Wild's clothing store this morning. Unofficial estimates placed the fire, smoke and water damage to the S. State St. clothing firm and other stores at $100,000.