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  • Collection: Photo File: Fires

Photographs from the Whitmer Heating Plant Fire

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Photographs from the January 31, 1918 Whitmer Heating Plant fire. This heating plant was located in a basement behind the Brunswick Hotel, at the northwest corner of Water and Wood, and at the rear of the Leon & Morris store. The plant was started by…

Photographs from the Powers Opera House Fire

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Photographs from the November 4, 1895 Powers Opera House fire near East Main and Water streets. The origin of the fire was unknown, however the estimated loss was around $250,000. The Powers Opera house was announced to be rebuilt the very day after…

Photographs from the Powers Office Building Fire

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Photographs from the April 7, 1914 fire that destroyed the Powers building properties at Water and Main streets. The properties destroyed and affected included the Powers estate, Linn & Scruggs store, the Leavenworth Store, the Powers Theater,…

Photographs from the Morehouse & Wells Fire

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Several photographs from the August 22, 1909 Morehouse & Wells fire that took out nearly a block of downtown Decatur businesses. The fire started in the Morehouse & Wells building on East Main and destroyed half the block bounded by Merchant,…

Photographs from the Lyons Feed Store Fire

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Photographs taken from the August 27, 1912 fire that occurred on Green St and affected many properties including the George W. Lyons Feed Store. The fire was discovered in the hay of the Lyons feed store and quickly spread throughout the store and to…

Photographs from the Library Block Fire

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Photographs from the February 21, 1892 fire that occurred at Library Block, formerly the Roberts and Green Building. 4,300 volumes, together with furniture and fixtures were lost.

Photograph from the Leon & Morris Fire

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Photograph from the September 15, 1913 fire that occurred at the Leon & Morris Implement store on E Wood St. The fire did an estimate of $5,000 worth of damage.

Photographs from the Decatur Trunk Factory Fire

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Photographs from the June 18, 1914 fire that occured at the Decatur Trunk Factory and the 'Come Across' pool room on N Water St. The fire was started by a loud explosion that originated in the pool room and was heard and felt throughout the business…

Photograph from the Decatur Milling Company Fire

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Photograph from the Decatur Milling Company Fire on November 25, 1905. The company was located at the southwest corner of E. Main and Broadway. The fire destroyed the entire plant which was incorporated in 1888. Previously it had been known as the…