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Rich & Cooke Feed Store Fire 1885

On March 24, 1885, the Rich & Cooke Flourmill and feed shop was destroyed by fire. The building was located on Madison Avenue south of 7th Street. When the fire department responded, they found the fire hydrants frozen solid. It took nearly twenty minutes to get running water. In the meantime, the flames had spread to several nearby buildings on Madison and 7th Streets.

By the time the fire was extinguished, the flames had destroyed the Rich & Cooke Building, and twelve other buildings, including: Clark Brothers Honey Store, Joseph Anthe’s Cigar Shop, Ruttle and Schlickman’s offices, the coal office of Brewster Bond and a machine shop. The loss totaled between $75,000 and $100,000.

Kentucky State Journal, March 26, 1885, p. 5; Charles R. Ridder, ed., History of the Covington Fire Department. (Covington, KY) 1893.

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