Fire Destroys State Street Business Block- Onaway, 1945
From Presque Isle County Advance and Onaway Outlook
NOv. 5, 2015

CAPTION: There was a devastating fire in downtown Onaway 70 years ago. It started in the kitchen of Merritt Restaurant along State Street at around 4 a.m. and spread to Guile's Drug Store and John Robert's office. Fred Butler of the Onaway Bakery noticed it as a small blaze. He went to wake up Mr. and Mrs. Burrison and three children who were in apartments above the building, but they already were aware of the fire. The building was a mass of flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. Crews focused on saving the adjoining Liepshield building, which escaped damage.
From the Presque Isle County Advance and Onaway Outlook, Nov. 5, 2015 page 7B.
Retyped by J. Anderson

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