This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, October 1, 1909.
Fire Thursday evening destroyed two houses at Lowell. (Lowell was a village to the north and west of Ypsilanti, where the Edison station is now.)
The blaze was first seen in this city about eight o’clock and the reflection from the fire led people to think that the power house situated there was burning to the ground.
Many people gathered in the streets watching the reflection of the blaze. The local fire department started for the scene of the conflagration but returned to their house after going only as far as the Peninsula Mills.
Chief Babcock decided that he would not be justified in leaving Ypsilanti with insufficient protection.
The blaze is thought to have been started by tramps. A large boarding house and a house directly across the street were burned to the ground. Neither was inhabited.