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Detroit, Michigan, USA
1913 - OLD DEPOT BURNS; NEW ONE IS READY
Detroit Has Spectacular Fire Which Does $250,000 Damage to Michigan Central Railway.
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 26.- A spectacular fire, starting from a cause undetermined, swept through the main depot of the Michigan Central Railway here this afternoon. The blaze, which started in one of the office rooms in an upper story, gained great headway before an employe discovered it, and although several hundred persons were in the building a the time, only one, a male employe, was injured. His condition, however, is not serious.
LOSS OF RECORDS HEAVY.
After three hours of hard fighting, firemen had the conflagration apparently under control. The damage to the depot proper was estimated at $150,000. Railway records, freight and express were also consumed and officials of the road said the total loss might be a quarter of a million dollars.
The depot was built about thirty years ago. The new Michigan Central terminus, a large and costly structure, was recently completed and it was announced earlier this week that the old building would be abandoned, so far as passenger service was concerned, the first of the year. Tonight before the ruins of the Third Street Depot were cold, passenger trains were running into the new terminal on Fifteenth street.
The Indianapolis Star
December 27, 1913
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