Issue 13 and Volume 1881 7.

SERIOUS FIRES IN NEW YORK IN 1880. The accompanying diagram exhibits the locality of 259 fires during the year 1880 which resulted in damage exceeding $500. The way these fires group themselves when thus located in a map is exceedingly interesting and suggestive. The thickest cluster is that along the line of Walker street and on Broadway near Bleecker. This is the heart of the wholesale dry goods trade, and every fire in this section means peril to millions of dollars’ worth of goods. The largest fire of the year in point of loss occurred in this district when the brick and marble buildings Nos. 384 and 386 Broadway were destroyed February 20, causing a loss to Messrs. Hazen, Todd & Co. of $750,108. The number of fires on Walker street alone is very remarkable. On this short street, which has a total length of barely five blocks, there were…

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