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MICHIGAN'S OLD STATE CAPITOL

SUCCUMBS TO THE FLAMES AFTER THIRTYFIVE YEARS OF SERVICE From the Lansing Republican, Dec. 19, 1882


On Saturday, December 16, at about 2 p. m., fire was discovered in the second story of the old capitol building, in close proximity to a chimney on the north side of the cupola. An alarm was sounded, and both steamers and the hook-and-ladder company were soon on the ground, but for some reason a stream could not be obtained until the building, which was dry as tinder, was so enveloped in flames that its destruction was inevitable. Soon after the alarm was given smoke began to issue from all the crevices in the roof and upper stories, and in a few moments afterwards a dense black cloud rolled away to the eastward, which showed that the flames were rapidly spreading throughout the interior. Within ten minutes afterward the bright flames were seen through upper windows on the west and north sides of the building, and it was not long before the roof and dome were ablaze. The destruction was witnessed by thousands of our citizens.
The building had recently been purchased by Piatt Brothers, who had fitted it up for the manufacture of handles and bent work, and had just commenced work. They lose a part of their manufactured stock, but save their machines, safe, saw-mill, and boiler, with the new buildings in which the latter were placed, and the engine, 'which was in the basement at the southwest corner of the old structure, was not injured. The old senate chamber was occupied by Foster Post, G. A. E. All of the movable property of the society was saved, but the desk, and the canopy beneath which every president of the senate had sat from 1848 to 1879 fell a prey to the flames. "

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