Escanaba Daily Press, April 26, 1939; Munising Bank Building Ruined By $50,000 Fire
Munising Bank Building Ruined By $50,000 Fire Munising, April 25- Fire early this morning gutted the offices of the First National Hank here and the basement office of the Munising Munising Press, weekly newspaper and job printing firm, and O. E. Brown, bank cashier, said that the damage might reach $50,000. The fire was first noticed at about 4 o'clock this morning by Patrolman Ernest Schultz, who notified the firemen. Schultz had gone by the building on patrol duty about a half an hour before and had noticed nothing wrong. The fire apparently started In the offices of the Munising Press in SECRECY VEILS •• McKAY INQUIRY Purchase of Ferry Boats At Port Huron Will Be Investigated Lansing. April 25. (/P) -A house committee investigating commissions commissions received by Frank 1). McKay in connection with the financing of the Blue Water international bridge masked Its movements today. today. The group issued a brief formal statement declaring that it was inquiring inquiring into the purchase by the state bridge commission of a fleet of ferry boats and other property owned by the ferry company at Port Huron and Sarnia, Ont., the points linked by the bridge. The transaction involved the expenditure expenditure of approximately $700.000. Beyond that the committee declined declined to go. Rep. Nelson A. Miles, Republican, Holland, the chairman, chairman, denied reports that the committee committee has employed one investigator investigator who already is at work in Port Huron, and said he would not discuss the group's plans until until it submitted a preliminary report the basement and broke through the floor Into the bank alwive It. No cause could be given for the fire and the state fire marshal has been asked to Investigate the fire. Firemen responded to the call laid three hose linen, shooting the water into the flames, but It was almost 6 o’clock this morning before before the fire was completely under under control. John Holfman. who w’as using a hose in the basement entry to the Press office was struck on the hip and knocked against the building wall, cutting a gash In his forehead, when an explosion in the building, shook a part of the stone cornice loose. The building was occupied by the Munising Press office and: printing plant In the basement, the First National Hank and the vacant postoffice section on the first floor and the offices of Drs. Wharton, Barnes and Ruggles, the Alger County Taxpayer’s association, association, the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron company lumber office, G. A. Baldwin on the second floor. A1 Howells, who roomed on the second second floor had to be rescued from his room by firemen who placed a ladder at his window. The Western Western Union office at the rear of the bank building was undamaged. The offices of I>r. P. N. Wharton, Wharton, the Alger County Taxpayers association and Dr. L. B. Kuggles were badly damaged by water and smoke. • Officers of the bank opened the vaults this morning and stated that there had been little or no damage to the vault's contents. Temporary quarters were set up in the showroom of the Cox Chevrolet Sales by the bank employees. employees. The fire was the third to occur in the bank building during the past four months. The first was in January and the second on February 17 when the Munising News was making preparations for the paper s forty-third anniversary anniversary edition. Both of those fires started in the printing shop of the weekly.