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Philadelphia, PA Fire In Church, Jan 1889

A CHURCH DAMAGED $20,000.

Philadelphia, Jan. 21. -- The Memorial Presbyterian Church, at Eighteenth Street and Montgomery Avenue, this city, took fire from a defective flue Sunday afternoon and was damaged to the extent of $20,000. Five hundred Sunday school children were assembled in the rooms on the first floor of the church and services were about to be begun when the fire was discovered. The children were quietly dismissed by the superintendent and passed out to the street without excitement. The tower at the southwest corner of the building was entirely destroyed and the Mutchmore free library, which was located on the first floor of the church, adjoining the tower, was badly damaged by fire and water. The large organ escaped damage but the carpets and upholstering of the church were ruined by water and smoke. The church building can be easily repaired but the tower will have to be entirely rebuilt. The loss is partially covered by insurance.

Atlantic Daily Telegraph Iowa 1889-01-21

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