Aspen, CO Fire, Apr 1890
The loss is fully as great as first reported. Charles R. Emmett is the heaviest loser. The corner building is so near a ruin that it will be torn down. The two story building on Mill will be moved away and Mr. Emmett will erect a two story block on the site of the fire. This work will be begun at once. Mr. Emmett had only $500 insurance on the building in the California. His loss is several thousand dollars worth of furniture destroyed in the in the [sic] second floor of the building on the alley. This building throughout had just been finished on the inside hard wood. It was damaged considerably, but can be repaired.
The stock of E. W. Fleming is a total loss. It was valued at $4000. He carried $2500 insurance. There was $500 in each of the North American, Pennsylvania, Norwich Union, Scottish Union and Westchester.
Mr. Fleming was getting ready to remove into the room vacated by the Corner Drug Store. He will open up in a few days at the new stand with a complete stock of goods.
The Fleming building is owned by Angus McPherson. His loss is probably fully covered by insurance. He had $1500 divided equally between the Hartford and Lyon.
H. W. Pierson had a close call. One thing that probably saved his building was the hardwood ceiling. His stock of flour was considerably damaged by water. His loss is a few hundred dollars. He is fully insured in the Manchester and in the National.
J. J. McRobbie's stock of clothing and gent furnishings is a complete loss. He had $750 insurance.
Lind & Meyer, the tailors were burned out and had no insurance.
Woodworht & Buckmaster lose their stock of liquors and saloon fixtures.
Killam & Dixon's real estate office was not damaged.
The firemen deserve great credit for the manner in which they behaved. To their heroic efforts is due the fact that the entire block to Galena street was not consumed.
Several of the boys were hurt. Charles Green, of the No. 1's, had is wrist severely strained. James Finnigan, of the Hooks, is now lying at his room on Cooper avenue severely injured. He fell from the ladder to the sidewalk and and [sic] came very near to breaking his neck. He has a deep cut under his jaw and is unable to speak.
A summary of the losses and ensurance [sic] as nearly as can be ascertained is as follows:
Charles R. Emmett, loss on building; $4000; insurance $500
Charles R. Emmett, loss on furniture; $1000; no insurance
Angus McPherson, loss $500; insurance $500
J. J. McRobbie, loss $3,000; insurance $750
Woodworth & Buckmaster, loss $1000; no insurance
E. W. Fleming, loss $4000; insurance $2500
Lind & Meyer, loss $250; no insurance
H. W. Pierson, loss $400; insurance $400
Total losses $14,150 insurance $4650
Mr. Emmett did not know that he had any insurance until the fact was called to his attention by the insurance agents.
Aspen Weekly Times, Aspen, CO 12 Apr 1890