Thursday, October 7, 2010

Farm House Burned Fire is a Mystery

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, October 7, 1920.

Tuesday at midnight the farm house of Mrs. Florence Signor, west of the city, was burned, together with grains, fruit and vegetables stored in the house. A son of Dr. Darling, of Ann Arbor, was passing at the time and gave the alarm. He says that the first thing he noticed the flames seemed to shoot suddenly from the rear of the house. A nephew of Mrs. Signor was at the farm at 7 o’clock in the evening and a neighbor said that he passed the farm at 11 o’clock and all seemed right.

Mrs. Signor was in Lansing at the time attending a meeting of the motion picture exhibitors. (Mrs. Signor owned the Mather Washington Theater on Washington Street.) The house was empty at the time and it is a mystery how the fire caught. It looks as though the job was of an incendiary nature, as nothing seems to have been taken away. The grain and things stored in the house show plainly to have been burned.

The neighbors turned out and succeeded in saving part of the furniture. The house was insured.

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