1871 - Large Fire in Geneva - A Large Flouring-Mill, Elevator and Malt-House, the Canal Collector's Office and Other Buildings Destroyed - Twelve Horses Burned to Death - Loss Over $100,000 - Insurance $76,250.
ROCHESTER, Feb. 6. - The Democrat of this morning gives from a correspondent an account of a disastrous fire which occurred in the town of Geneva early on Saturday morning. The fire was first discovered in the hay-loft of a barn near the Canal Collector's office, and there being a heavy north-west wind at the time, it spread with great rapidity, and quickly destroyed this barn and another near it, both on the west bank of the canal, the Canal Collector's office, and the large monster building of Messrs. FIELD & AFFLECK, comprising an extensive steam flour mill, elevator and malt-house, under one roof, were completely enveloped in flames. The office and ice-house of Messrs. CONGER & MCKAY were also destroyed. From thence the fire spread to the lumber and shingle piles of the same firm, and here, by persistent efforts of the firemen, together with the assistance of many citizens, the further progress of the fire was arrested.
The main losers by this fire are Messrs. FIELD & AFFLECK. The building was erected by Hon. P. H. FIELDS, in 1864, the original design being an elevator and malt-house, and it was used for these purposes alone up to within three years past. It was five stories high, a first-class building, covering more than one-fourth acre of ground, and before remodeled cost some $32,000. Between two and three years ago, Mr. AFFLECK, returning from the West, while looking about for a convenient place to establish a steam-mill, was attracted toward this building. Mr. FIELD was easily induced to form a copartnership with Mr. AFFLECK. The result was that about two years ago there was started in this building one of the best equipped, and consequently one of the most effective mills in the State, involving an additional outlay of more than $25,000. At the time of the fire the firm had on hand several thousand bushels of barley, full as much or more corn, 1,000 bushels of wheat, together with a very large quantity of flour and other mill products. Their loss, at the least calculation, will reach the enormous sum of $100,000. Insurance, $62,500.
In the barns of Mr. OSTRANDER, which were comparatively good buildings, and of considerable extent, were confined thirteen horses, twelve of which perished in the flames. One which was rescued, was the poorest of the lot. Mr. OSTRANDER estimates his loss on the three buildings and contents at full $10,000; insurance, $7,500. WM. BAKER, in moving his stock of groceries from the basement of the Collector's office probably sustained a loss of $500; insurance, $1,000. Messrs. CONGER & MCKAY'S loss in office and ice-house was about $1,400, on which they had but $400 insurance. Their loss on lumber, sheds and shingles will be equaled or exceeded by their insurance, which is $3,300.
We append a list of the insurance companies who suffer loss. Those marked with a star indicate the full amount of insurance, and which are but partial losses. The rest of the companies lose the full amounts of their liabilities: Putnam, Hartford, $2,500; Security, New-York, $6,900, loss, $5,900; Phenix, Hartford, $5,000; Springfield, Springfield, $4,000; Hartford, of Hartford, $2,000; Aetna, of Hartford, $5,000; North British, $7,500; Commonwealth, New-York, $1,500; Norwich, of Norwich, $2,500; $1,500; North American, of Philadelphia, $3,500; Astor, of New-York, $2,500; Williamsburg City, $2,500; Lycoming, of Pennsylvania, $6,050; Farmers', of Pennsylvania, $2,450; International, $3,000; Franklin, Pennsylvania, $2,500; Westchester, New-York, $1,500; People's, $1,200; First National, $1,250; Royal, $2,500; Western, $2,500; Albany City, $1,500; North America, Hartford, $1,000; Home, New-York, $400; Germania, New-York, $1,000; Yonkers, New-York, $1,000. Total insurance, $76,250.
The New York Times
New York, New York
February 7, 1871
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