Merrill, WI fire, Sept 1949

Four Buildings In Merrill Ruined By $70,000 Blaze

Merrill, Wis. - (AP) - Flash fire roadred through the Lincoln foundry yesterday, destroying four of the company's buildings, P. J. Stoesser, Jr., a partner in the firm, estimated the loss at $70,000 to $75,000.

The company's main building, two warehouses and an extra building were destroyed. Only a small office building was saved. The blaze was reported by a passer-by at 4:15 p. m. The structure was empty at the time.

Witnesses said the flames spread quickly through the entire main building, indicating it might have been started by an explosion of some sort.

The Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI 9 Sept 1949