Philadelphia, PA Building Fire, June 1864


Yesterday morning about eleven o'clock, a fire broke out in the three-and-a-half story building, No. 949 South Second street. The first floor of the building was occupied by Mr. Geo. Ehrenberg for the sale of picture-frames, the second floor was used by Mrs. Matlack as a millinery establishment, and the other parts of the building were used by the families of Mr. Ehrenberg and Mrs. Matlack. The roofs of both front and back buildings were destroyed. Nearly all the stock in the first and second floors was removed. The furniture in the house was greatly damaged by water. There is no insurance upon it. The fire extended to No. 947, adjoining. This is also a three-and-a-half story front and back building. The first floor was occupied by Mr. Paul J. Field as a hardware store. The other portion of the building was used by Mrs. Elizabeth Gardner as a dwelling. Mr. Field's stock is greatly damaged by water. He has an insurance of $4,000 upon it, which will cover his loss. Mrs. Gardner also suffered heavily from water. No. 945 was also slightly damaged by fire and water. Mr. Wm. Willcock is the owner of No. 949, and his loss is nearly covered by insurance.

The Press, Philadelphia, PA 21 Jun 1864