OLD FAIR BUILDINGS BURNED
Stephen Swartz Was Also Injured by Explosion of Gas
The old agricultural building, at one time used by the Kent county
agricultural society, at the corner of Madison avenue and Crawford street, owned
by Joseph Houseman and occupied by Alderman W. H. Gibson as a marble shop, was
burned between 9 and 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The small building next to
it, owned by John Mastenbrook and used as a blacksmith shop, was also destroyed.
Alderman Gibson estimates his loss at $250, and he had no insurance. Mr.
Houseman's building wa worth $3,000, and was insured for $500. John Mastenbrook
had just purchased his building from Joseph Houseman Thursday. His loss is $300,
but he has insurance. The fire originated from an explosion of gas while
employes of the gas company were working in the building. Steve Swartz, who
boards at the Fletcher place, one of the gas company employes, was quite
A barn at No. 16 Crawford street, owned by H. B. Brown, took fire from the sparks from Houseman's building and was damaged to the extent of $50. The building was insured.
Created: 26 December 2009