Superior, WI Great Northern Elevator Fire Nov 1907
600,000 BUSHELS OF GRAIN DESTROYED AT SUPERIOR
Great Northern Elevator Burns to Ground and Fire Also Does Further Damage---Total Loss Over Two Millions
SUPERIOR, Wis., Nov. 9.--- Six hundred thousand bushels of grain, principally wheat, was destroyed early to-day, when the Great Northern elevator "A," one of the largest in the world, was burned to the ground. The flames also reached to the Grand Republic mill on Towner Bay Slip, the great lakes dredge and Rock Company and dock and the Duluth Superior Storage Company and the total loss is estimated at more than $2,000,000. The A. D. Thompson Grain Company of Duluth leased the elevator from the Great Northern. The loss is well covered by insurance.
The losses figured to date are:
Great Northern elevator and power house, $1,300,000; Great lakes dredge and docks company, $850,000; Freeman Flour Mills and Elevator Co., $200,000; Minkota Flour Mill, $250,000; Whitney Brothers and Ship-building plant, $250,000 each.
The flames were not gotten under control until this morning. Four fire tugs responded to the first alarm, but the intense heat drove them so far back that they were ineffective. Fighting the flames on shore also was impossible on account of the heat, so the best the firemen could do for several hours was to check the spread of the fire. When the flames started two steamers, the W. A. Rogers, and A. W. Parent, were in the elevator slip, loading wheat.
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