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DOWNTOWN WILKES-BARRE THREATENED BY STUBBORN FIRE

Issue 4 and Volume 100.

DOWNTOWN WILKES-BARRE THREATENED BY STUBBORN FIRE Five Communities Aid Local Firemen to Control Costly Fire Starting in “Five to Dollar” Store FIRE, originating in the basement of Neisner Brothers’ Five-to-a-Dollar Store at 41-49 South Main Street, WilkesBarre, Pa., March 2, spread to adjoining structures and before being controlled by the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, aided by apparatus and firemen from five adjoining communities, threatened to wipe out the downtown business district, and did damage in excess of $700,000. Destroyed was the Neisner Store, occupying the first floor of a three-story brick building, having 90-ft. front and extending 200-ft. through the block, together with the following other occupancies: the Allen Dress Shop, Wallace Music Studios, Davidorf Jewelry Store, Paris Beauty Shop, Alexander Murray Art School and Berthold Studios. Apartments of eight families living on the third floor also were burned out. Damaged by fire smoke and water were McCrory’s Stores Corp., 33…

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