New York, NY Printing Plant Fire, Apr 1874


The lithographic and printing establishment of Averill & Pickett, Nos. 20 and 22 Gold street, on the corner of Platt street, was destroyed by fire last evening. At 6:30 P. M. Patrolman Holmes, of the Second Precinct, while on post, discovered fire burning in the engine-room in the cellar of No. 22 Gold street. He immediately gave an alarm, which was very promptly responded to by the battalion of the Fire Department in that district. The building is a four-story structure, with a frontage of fifty feet on Goldstreet, and extending along Platt street for a distance of forty feet. Owing to the highly combustible nature of the contents of the building the flames spread with great rapidity, and by the time the firemen arrived and forced open the doors the fire had ascended to the upper floors of the building. Chief Engineer Bates was soon at the scene of the conflagration, and seeing that the surrounding property was in great danger, ordered a second alarm to be telegraphed, which brought to the fire a reinforcement of steamers and firemen. Despite the high wind and almost blinding storm prevailing at the time, the firemen worked manfully to prevent the spread of the fire, and after several hours of hard labor succeeded in gaining the mastery. The building occupied by Averill & Pickett was almost completely gutted, and an adjoining building on Platt street was seriously damaged. The loss of Averill & Pickett is estimated at $35,000 on stock, printing presses, &c., which is only partially covered by insurance. The building is owned by the Spied estate, and is damaged to the extent of $12,000, and is insured. The fire extended to the four-story brick building, No. 21 Platt street, the first floor of which is occupied by J. H. Brockaw, dealer in California cigars; loss, chiefly by water $5,000. The second is occupied by J. D. Whiting and Wm. H. Newell, dealers in drugs, chemicals, and patent medicines; loss $3,500. The third and fourth floors are occupied by Merritt Trimble, dealer in charcoal iron; loss $2,000. The building is damaged to the extent of $3,000. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained. Capt. Caffrey, of the Second Precinct, with a large force of Police from the First, Second, and Fourth Precincts, was present at the fire, and preserved good order.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Apr 1874