Thursday, March 10, 2011

Old Post House damaged today by fire in attic

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, March 4, 1931.

Between $3,000 and $4,000 damage was done to the home of Mrs. Mary Tuthill, 207 N. Hamilton St. when fire broke out in the attic shortly before noon. The flames had gained considerable headway before they were noticed by a passerby and an alarm was given.

Two trucks from the fire department responded to the first call at 11:40 and later the third was summond. Firemen played three lines of hose on the flames for nearly an hour and a half.

The fire was confined to the central portion of the house and the front and back parts were not damaged except for water and smoke. No furniture was burned though some was wet and suffered some smoke damage. Flames penetrated below the attic level, creeping through the walls.

The building is one of the oldest in Ypsilanti, having been originally the John Van Cleve property. It was used as a hostelry for many years and now is a rooming house, the property of the Samuel Post estate.

Origin of the fire has not been determined

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