Louisville, KY Warehouse Fire, Apr 1902

Costly Fire at Louisville
Warehouses Burned, Involving a Loss of $200,000

Louisville, Ky, April 1.-Fire today destroyed the three big warehouses of the Peaslee-Gaulbert Paint and Varnish Company, causing a loss of about $200,000. The entire fire department was called out to fight the flames which made rapid headway owing to the oils, paints and other inflammable materials stored in the buildings, but within two hours after the alarm had been turned in the warehouses and their contents had been entirely destroyed. The buildings, which occupied and entire square, were brick structures, two of them being four stories high and the third one story.

On a railroad siding between the buildings there were six cars loaded with paints. These were destroyed. The office of the company was located in the central building. Miss Rosa Murray, the bookkeeper, was almost overcome by smoke before she could make her escape.

All the books and accounts were destroyed. Larky Nicholas, a sixteen year old boy, who was employed in the building in which the fire started, was seriously but not fatally burned and was carried out in an unconscious condition by his fellow workmen.

The cause of the fire is not known, but is generally thought to have been due to spontaneous combustion. During the progress of the flames a number of small explosions occurred and it seemed for a time that the flames would spread to other property in the neighborhood. The loss is covered by insurance.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 2 Apr 1902