1881 - LOCKPORT'S LOSS BY FIRE. THE OPERA HOUSE AND ANOTHER BUILDING DESTROYED - LOSS ABOUT $150,000.
Lockport, N. Y., Jan. 5. - The Hodge Opera house building and the Gargling oil building, adjoining, in this city, were destroyed by fire early this morning. The total loss will amount to fully $150,000. The opera house building was owned by JOHN HODGE and the Gargling-oil building by the Gargling oil Company, JOHN HODGE President. The fire is reported as having originated at about 3 o'clock this morning in the STAATS Saloon, in the basement of the opera house building. An alarm was given soon after, and the firemen, with the Holly Water works, fought the flames until 6 o'clock, finally confining them to the buildings named. The following stores and offices, with their contents were substantially destroyed:
JAMES STAATS'S newsroom.
The United States Express Company's office.
BAKER'S glove factory.
STRAUSS & MILLER'S clothing store.
The United States Post Office.
The Western Union Telegraph office.
SPECHT'S barber's shop.
The Lockport Union establichment.
CROWLEY & BULGER'S law office.
The HODGE Opera house.
The law offices of GEORGE C. GREEN, JOHN T. MURRAY, CHARLES DE LUDEECHART, L. C. WILSON, JOSEPH DONNELLY, EDWARD SOUTHWORTH, S. S. CROSS, and BURT VAN HORN.
The Internal Revenue Office.
HOLT'S insurance office.
NORMAN P. ALLEN and E. C. STEBBIN'S law office.
The Common Council Rooms.
The Rooms of the Order of United Workmen.
The cost of the opera house was $100,000; insurance, $36,000 on the building. The insurance on the Gargling-oil building is $30,000. The losses of the insurance companies are as follows: Liverpool and London and Globe, $5,000; Home, of New York, $2,300; German-American, of New York, $2,500; Star, of New York, $2,000; Newark Fire, $2,000; Lorillard's, $1,000; Lamar, $1,000; New York City, $1,000; Commercial Union, $2,500; Royal, $2,400. The foregoing does not include the opera house building insurance, and only partially that of the Gargling oil building. The weather was moderate, with a southwest wind; otherwise nothing could have been saved, probably, on the west side of Main street, including the new Commercial Block, the Lockport Daily Journal Building, and the establishment which adjoined the opera house building. Several firemen and citizens were injured by the falling walls, &c., but no one was killed. No part of the mails was lost.
The New York Times
New York, New York
January 6, 1881
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