Arson Trust -- Police Searching For Explanation of Reign of Fires
Since April 26, Twenty Blazes of Unknown Origin and Combined
of Fifteen of Them is $316, 840 --All Give Indications of Being Caused by An Incendiary.
Fires Surrounded by Suspicion - Losses, $316,840
|April 26||Imperial Furniture company's warehouse||5,600|
|April 27||Imperial Furniture company' warehouse||26,500|
|June 7||Valley City Chair company's plant||125,000|
|June 19||Store building, 719 Cherry street, S. E.||475|
|July 4||American Box Board company's baled paper||350|
|July 4||John Vanden Bos' saloon, 400 Grandville avenue||275|
|July 8||Store building, 657 Michigan street, N. E.||800|
|July 25||Ashton Building||75,000|
|July 29||Grand Rapids Tailoring company, 137 Pearl street||100|
|July 30||Imperial Furniture company's lumber dry shed||35,000|
|July 30||Grand Trunk freight shed, in which was stored a quanitty of Imperial Furniture company's product||No Claim|
|July 31||Thomas Canning company's vinegar house||37,000|
|July 31||Luce block, 136 Monroe avenue, N. W.||No Claim|
|July 31||355 Grandville avenue, S. W.||No Claim|
|July 31||Ashton Building||No Claim|
|August 1||Rear of 118 Division avenue, S.||425|
|August 3||Harley Smith Furniture company's store, 231-3 Pearl street N. W.||15|
|August 3||Amberg building, 229 Pearl street, N. W.||No Claim|
|August 5||DeVries Printing company's plant, 12-14 Fulton street, E.||300|
|August 5||Braudy building, 335 Monroe avenue, N. W.||10,000|
Fires of Unknown Origin - Losses, $1,034
|July 13||1125 Crosby street||700|
|July 18||1601 Monroe avenue||79|
|July 20||Bissell Carpet company's plant||26|
|July 25||542 Fairview avenue||209|
|July 27||998 Butterworth street, S. W.||30|
Is Grand Rapids at the mercy of an arson trust? Or is the city the victim of a maniac whose criminal vagaries are endangering not only valuable property, but human life?
These are questions that are taxing the vigilance of the police department
and the effective working force of the Grand Rapids fire department.
What's the answer? The head of the fire and police departments want to know, and they are determined to find out. The owners of valuable property want to know also.
Until the cause of several disastrous fires is known, they cannot rest in the security with which they have a right to expect the law to surround them.
Created: 5 February 2010