Friday, May 4, 2012

Stock and barn burned in fire near Whittaker This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, May 2, 1932. Nine cows and three horses were burned a quantity of hay and grain was lost and a straw stack was destroyed when fire burned to the ground a large barn and damaged the silo badly on the farm owned by Mrs. Emily Riley, this city, four miles south of here, on the Whittaker Rd., at 11 o’clock Saturday evening. The large blaze, which illuminated the sky so that it was visible for miles and attracted a large crowd resulted in a loss estimated at more than $5,000 which is partially covered by insurance, all but the stock being insured. Origin of the fire, which was not discovered until it burst through the roof too late to save any of the stock housed in it, or its contents, has not been determined. It was discovered by a passing motorist. In attempting to save the stock, the tenant on the farm was driven by the barn by the flames and received burns on his hand. Following the fire, Special Deputy Sheriff James Sanderson of Augusta Township took into custody two men near the scene of the fire whom he believed might have been in the structure. They were lodged in the county jail and will be questioned today. The men are Joseph Ambroint, 54, 505 South Huron St., Ypsilanti, and Louis Boritinni, 35, same address. One of the men destroyed a jar of liquor which he had had on his person as he entered the gate at the county jail.

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