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Corbin School Fire (1907)
Fulton & Litchfield, Bay City, Michigan.
  • Transcribed April 2007.
  • Bay City Tribune -- July 4, 1907


    Fourth Celebration Has Premature Results and West Side Seat of Learning Burns Down.
    Toy Balloon, Believed to Have Set Fire to Building:
    Loss $8,500; Insurance $3,500

    The Corbin school, Fulton and Litchfield streets, was burned to the ground last night, the result, it is believed, of an ante-Fourth celebration. The fire was discovered about 10:25 and an alarm was turned in at that hour from box 82. When the fire department arrived the upper portion of the building was burning briskly, fanned by a fair breeze. The building was a one story affair, frame, and about 18 years old. The flames made short work of the seasoned wood and sparks flew in showers being carried considerable distances. Owners of nearby houses began climbing on roofs to prevent fires from starting from the sparks and Second Assistant Chief Cook, seeing the danger, turned in a second alarm, summoning two additional hose companies. This force soon had the flames in check, but the old building was a complete wreck.

    The Corbin school, contained only four rooms, being the smallest school building in the city. The school board inventory of last year gave the valuation of the building as $7,500 and the contents at $1,000, making the total loss $8,500. The board carried $3,000 insurance on the building and $500 on the contents.

    Residents near the school say that a toy balloon sent up by young people in the vicinity came down on the roof and that this probably started the fire. No other explanation has been advanced. As the long vacation is underway, there will be no disturbance of school arrangements until next September

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