Magazine article The Tracker

Organ Factory Gutted by Fire

Magazine article The Tracker

Organ Factory Gutted by Fire

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Merrick volunteer firemen were called out last night at 10:15 o'clock to fight a fire in the Midmer-Losh organ factory just north of the Merrick railroad station, a fire which the vamps' have dreaded for many years because of the hazards of high tension wires close by. The fire gutted the east end of the three-story rambling frame building and did damage estimated at $10,000.

RAILROAD POWER CUT

Firemen, directed by Chief Joseph Cleary and observed by Fire Marshal George Clough, who arrived at the scene soon after the fire started, put out the flames which could be seen for many blocks, after about two hours. Power on the Long Island Railroad was cut off for about 30 minutes. No fireman was injured.

Marshal Clough today is investigating the cause of the fire. The first two stories of the building are occupied by the Municipal Bed Manufacturing Company,2 operated by Harry and Morris Rubin of 231 Bright waters Court, Brooklyn, who at present are making metal cabinets. The north side of the upper story houses the organ factory where organs are repaired.

Traffic, directed by police of the first precinct and Merrick fire police, was stopped for several hours north and south on Merrick Avenue, for several blocks near the fire.

The building has a sprinkler system which was in operation last night.

The factory, started in Brooklyn in i860 by Reuben Midmer, was moved to Merrick in 1907 when the present building was put up. It was operated by Reed Midmer until about 1917 when it was taken over by the Losh family. George E. Losh now is the proprietor. …

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