Chicopee, MA Clothing Store Fire, Jan 1900



A fire broke out last night about 10:10 in Mendel Riner’s clothing store at 20 Springfield street, Market square. The flames started in the rear part of the store, near the stove, in which there was no fire. Several persons had been smoking pipes and cigarets just before the proprietor went upstairs. The insurance is $4000, place through James H. Loomis. Mr. Riner had moved upstairs about a month before. The damage is estimated at about $2000. The department responded promptly to the alarm, and soon extinguished the blaze. There is some suspicion of an incendiary origin of the fire.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 25 Jan 1900




Fire Marshal Spencer of Holyoke was in town yesterday afternoon to look over the scene of Wednesday night’s fire. He expressed himself as puzzled over the origin of the fire, indeed entirely at a loss to account for it. Chief Pomphret’s only explanation is the theory that a cigaret or pipe ashes may have caused the blaze by felling on some inflammable material, of which there was plenty lying about. Mr. Riner carried heavy insurance. A week at least must elapse before this can be adjusted, and during that time the store will be kept closed. The loss, roughly estimated at $2000, will be about equally divided between loss from fire and water. Nearly $6000 worth of good was in stock at the first of the month.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 26 Jan 1900