Furniture Plant Destroyed by Fire

Issue 1 and Volume 97.

Furniture Plant Destroyed by Fire One of the early industrial landmarks of Grand Rapids, Mich., was razed by flames and a city fireman was killed on November 24 in the destruction of two Berkey & Gay Furniture Company buildings, the No. 2 plant and extension. Falling brick walls, which hampered the fire fighters, caused the death of Louis A. Coleman, an assistant engineer attached to No. 12 engine house. The fire started in the six-story building in the rear of the Rowe hotel and adjacent to the Grand Trunk station. The flames spread quickly, crossed an areaway into the extension and destroyed both structures. Both buildings were vacant at the time, it having been planned to equip the plants with machinery for war production within the next ninety days. The first alarm came to the fire department at 12:30 a. m. Additional help was summoned immediately and Fire Marshal Edward…

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