Philadelphia, PA Fire, Jun 1902


Quarter of a Million Damage Done at Board Street and Indiana Avenue


Flames Burned Ties and Warped Iron Work on Bridge Over Broad Street


Cause Attributed to Boys Playing With Matches or Spark From a Passing Locomotive

One of the most destructive fires that have visited the northwestern section of the city in years swept away property valued at more than $250,000 yesterday. The blaze originated in a hay shed belonging to the Germantown Junction Elevator and Warehouse Company, on the east side of Broad street, above the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge at Cambria street. Nearly half the Fire Department was called out to fight the flames.

The building of the Germantown Junction Elevator and Warehouse Company, which was 90 feet by 200, was entirely destroyed. Nothing remains but a few charred bundles of hay and the skeleton of six burned freight cars. H. C. Miller, president of the company, estimates the loss at $50,000, with $120,000 on the contents of the burned structure. A grain elevator, 160 feet in height, belonging to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, who also owned the grain building, was also destroyed. Sven small dwellings on Sedgeley avenue and a like number on North Broad street, were partially destroyed. Thrilling escapes were numerous. Fortunately only a few were injured, their wounds being of a superficial character.

Places That Were Burned
The following is a list if the burned properties:
GERMANTOWN JUNCTION ELEVATOR AND WAREHOUSE COMPANY, 2929 North Broad street, sheds and tracks gone; general loss.
L. F. MILLER & SONS, grain and seed depot, 2931 North Broad street; damaged in rear by fire and water.
3031 NORTH BROAD STREET, lower door occupied as branch office of Western Union Telegraph Company, upper floors by Mrs. Joseph McCuen and three daughters; badly damaged in the rear.

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