NEW YORK CITY, JAN. 9, 1912 – Firefighters operate hoselines from the dangerously icy street outside the burning Equitable Life Assurance Building at 120 Broadway in Manhattan. See page XX for a detailed account of the fire.
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MARQUETTE, MI: JAN. 3, 1912 – The Miner’s National Bank at Ishpeming and the Negaunee State Bank at Negaunee, three miles apart, were both destroyed by fires that broke out at the same time. It was believed the fires were intentionally set.
TORONTO, ONTARIO: JAN. 3, 1912 – Two attempts were made to burn down the Globe building within a half-hour during the early morning. A newspaper staff member discovered the first fire as he was leaving the building. A fire had been set under a door and he and other employees doused the flames with an extinguisher. Twenty minutes later, smoke came up the rear stairway and another fire was found set in a storeroom. Luckily, the fire failed to gain any headway. Similar fires were also set in the Mall and Empire Building on Bay Street a short time later. Two fires were set inside that building and had gained some headway, but an aggressive attack by the Fire Brigade saved the building.
KINGSVILLE, TX: JAN. 4, 1912 – Fire destroyed the main house at the famous King Ranch. The huge, 1,250,000-acre ranch belonged to Henrietta King and was said to be the finest home in the southwestern portion of the United States. Founded by Captain Richard King in 1853, it is one of the world’s largest ranches. The King family and ranch are a big part of the myth and mystique of Texas.
LOUISVILLE, KY: JAN. 4, 1912 – It was the coldest night of the winter when a fire was reported on Forth Street in the city’s financial district. The stores and stock of Abe C. Levi Co. and H.J. Gutman & Co. were destroyed and the five-story Swartz Co. building was damaged. There was fire extension to adjoining buildings that housed stores and a newspaper.
COLUMBIA, SC: JAN. 5, 1912 – An entire business block was wiped out by flames in the city’s most disastrous fire since the Civil War. The blaze started in the repair department of Gibbs Machinery Co. and spread quickly driven by stiff winds to adjacent structures. The Gibbs building and four others were destroyed, along with three homes and several stables.
PHILADELPHIA, PA: JAN. 13, 1912 – An explosion occurred among film stored on the upper floors of the General Film Co. building on Market Street between Ninth and Tenth streets. Two more explosions spread the flames to the building next door. Before firemen could get a hoseline started, two large buildings were ablaze. Five alarms were sent in, bringing 30 engines with ladder trucks and high-pressure equipment to the scene. For hours, the firemen battled the flames, heavy smoke and the ice that was forming on everything. Nine firemen were injured.