Providence, RI Howard Bldg Fire, Jun 1873

RHODE ISLAND

Incendiarism.

PROVIDENCE, June 29.--- Two incendiary fires were kindled simultaneously in the Phoenix building on Saturday evening. One was extinguished by the police, but the other, in the fifth story, gained some headway. The fire was confined to the upper part, but the whole of the great building was drenched with water. The total loss may reach $100,000. Fully covered by insurance.

The building is owned by the heirs of George A. Howard. Loss, $20,000; fully insured in foreign companies. Other losers chiefly by water are Remington & Perkins, wholesale millinery goods; Farnum & Sherman and Butler; Brown & Co., leather manufacturers' supplies; J. Richmond Poiter, Dennison & Co., C. G. Cahoone, E. M. Thornton & Co., Boston shoe store, Mrs. C. Hardy, Mrs. William A. Howard and the Knights of Pythias; all insured mostly in foreign companies. Three firemen were injured, one seriously. The First Presbyterian Church and hall, formerly the Academy of Music, were slightly damaged.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 30 Jun 1873

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Academy of Music.... was partially destroyed by fire June 28, 1873, but the damages had been repaired and the house was again in competion
[in 1874].

History of the Providence Stage, 1762-1891, page 206