Providence, RI Fire, Feb 1888

A BIG FIRE IN PROVIDENCE.

THE WHOLE BUSINESS PART OF THE CITY ENDANGERED.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 16---1:30 A. M.----A big fire is raging over several blocks situated across the street to the west of the Union Station and involving a number of big brick buildings partially occupied by manufacturers and jewelers, several hotels, including the Aldrich House and stables and carriage houses. The alarm sounded at 11:45 o'clock, and the whole Fire Department was called out immediately. A strong northwest wind is blowing and carries the sparks across the most important business part of the city---Westminster and Broad streets---and a number of fires have been started and alarms sounded, but so far they have been quickly extinguished without damage.

The big fire is blazing up to the buildings opposite the City Hall, but the wind tends to carry it away from the Hall and the building is not in immediate danger. So far the flames have been having their own way without check. It is impossible at this hour to estimate the losses or even name the heavy losers, but if the flames are not stopped where they are now it will probably be the costliest fire this city has ever experienced.

The four-story brick block where the fire started is the Robinson House, owned by William H. Robinson's widow, and it was filled with carriage stock, sashes and blinds and other inflammable material. The whole block inclosed[sic] by Fountain, Eddy, Union, and Washington streets will be totally cleared out.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Feb 1888

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THE LARGE FIRE IN PROVIDENCE.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 18.---The business firms burned out in the recent fire have since been occupied in removing their safes from the ruins. All the contents of Herring's Safes are preserved.

E. Allen removed from his safe gold watches in perfect running order.--- Exchange

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Feb 1888

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A MOST DISASTROUS FIRE

MANY BUILDINGS IN PROVIDENCE DESTROYED.

THE LOSS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $362,000---SOME OF THE INCIDENTS---PARTIAL LIST OF INSURANCES.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 16.---The most disastrous fire which has visited this city since September, 1877. when the great wholesale buildings about the Post Office were destroyed, raged this morning among the business blocks near the City Hall. The flames were first discovered at midnight. The fire originated in Chace's Block, a four-story brick building, corner of Eddy and Fountain streets, and spread so rapidly that a general alarm was rung, and the entire Fire Department responded. The flames started in the ground floor of the building, which was occupied as an engine room by Henry Staples & Co. On the same floor was the sash and blind warehouse of E. A. French and Edward Wheelhouse's sash factory.

The second floor was occupied by William G. Budlong & Co., manufacturers of jewelers' tools; W. H. Beatty & Co., jewelers; James A. Charnley, jewelers' supplies; Hough & Wilkinson, jewelers, and others. On the third floor was the shop of William H. Robinson & Co., manufacturers of watch chains, and the other half was occupied by Reed & Hudson, jewelers. The fourth floor was occupied by J. H. Sturdy, electroplater, and others.

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