Three Serious Fires in Memphis.
A week or two ago Memphis, Tenn., had three destructive fires. At the first Couch Brothers’ collar factory on Florida avenue was seriously damaged by a blaze of unknown origin, which did considerable damage before being controled. It originated in the stockroom of the factory, and, while it was practically confined to this one department, the loss was about $30,000, fully insured. The insurance carried amounted to $32,000. The plant of Weis & Lesh Manufacturing company, on Wisconsin avenue, was the next. It caught fire early on the morning of May 7 from lightning striking the dynamo of the plant. The company manufactures spokes and butchers skewers and had a good supply of stock on hand. The damage amounted to about $23,000, fully insured. On the same morning the Crow Drug company, at the corner of Main street and Madison avenue, was discovered on fire, and, before being controled, about $28,000 worth of damage was done. The building was fully covered by insurance. The drug company carried insurance amounting to $24,250, which, it is claimed, will not cover the loss. A number of small concerns in the basement below the drug company suffered from water, and were partially covered by insurance.