--About 10 o'clock last Tuesday night the four-story brick building on the east side of 15th street, between Main and Cary, the first floor occupied by Mr. Geo. W. Willis
as an auction-room, and the second, third, and fourth by Mr. Alexander Nott
as ware and storage- rooms, was discovered to be on fire and the alarm speedily given.
When the firemen reached the scene they found that the goods on every floor were on fire, and, forcing the door, set to work earnestly to check and subdue the flames.
So dense was the smoke that it was almost impossible for the firemen to exist in it, yet they continued their labors and finally subdued the flames, but not until the building was completely gutted and the tin roof had fallen in.
Adjoining this building on the south was the commission house of Mr. Wm. H. Pleasants
, which was saved, together with its contents.
At one time it was generally believed that every tenement in the block would be destroyed, but the skill and energy of the fire brigade confined the flames to the tenement in which they were discovered.
The losses of Messrs. Wills
are heavy and their insurance light.
The fire was no doubt the work of an incendiary; but how he entered the building to apply the torch, or escaped from it after doing so, is a matter of conjecture.