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Melony Block Fire (Maverick Laundry)The Maverick Laundry fire occurred on Wednesday, May 6, 1908. Box 32, at the corner of Bank and Main was struck at 12:05 in the afternoon. The Maverick Laundry was located in the Melony Block which was just across the street from the Hooker House. At the time of the alarm, thick black smoke was coming from both the laundry and from the A.C. Blanchette furniture store.
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Melony BlockThe flames worked their way through the floor and into Blanchette's furniture dealer’s store. That caused much of the furniture store’s stock to be damaged by flames, smoke or water. Unfortunately, just a few days earlier, Blanchette had received a new shipment of household goods and four new pianos.
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Melony BlockThe fire was believed to have started in the basement drying room where the huge amount of clothes drying there, along with carpets and oily machinery created not only a mass of flames but billowing clouds of smoke as well. It was said that firemen at the rear of the building had to stand back several feet in order to avoid the smoke.
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Melony Block fire According to the Chronicle story, it was about 10 minutes before all the fire companies were on the scene although “some companies arrived very shortly after the alarm and in a few minutes there were three streams of water on the flames”.In this May 6, 1908 photo (originally from "The Chronicle"), spectators gathered to see the damage done by the fire in the Melony Block.
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Melony BlockThis photo has been "sharpened" and the had brightness and contrast adjusted.
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1914 Main Street buildingsThis fine row of Main Street buildings were photographed in 1914. The Melony Block on the left was originally the Congregational Church, built in 1828. It was demolished in the 1930s. The Gem Cinema, on its right, was Willimantic's first custom built movie house. It was built in 1909. Next is the YMCA block, built in 1912. The commercial block at the right was built in 1890, and is still standing, Unfortunately, the two architectural gems in the centre are hidden by decorative concrete blocks, placed there
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Melony Block Fire - Pic of the Week February 12 2015During the Melony Block fire of May 6, 1908, serious losses were incurred by the Maverick Laundry and the Blanchette Furniture Store. The “Courant” criticized the fire department for a delay in response to the fire. Chief Webster discounted that and said that it was just four minutes between the alarm and the time that “water was playing on the fire”. Chief Webster went on to lament the fact that there was not enough protective gear for the firefighters.
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This fine row of Main Street buildings was photographed in 1914. The Melony Block on the left was originally the Congregational Church, built in 1828. It was demolished in the 1930s. The Gem Cinema, on its right, was Willimantic's first custom built movie house. It was built in 1909. Next is the YMCA block, built in 1912. The commercial block at the right was built in 1890, and is still standing, Unfortunately, the two architectural gems in the centre are hidden by decorative concrete blocks, placed there in 1964.
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Maverick LaundryThe Maverick Laundry started out in Willimantic’s Melony block in 1903 and moved to its new home at 1150 Main Street in 1940. The building later became home to Wile Motors and then Superior Electronics.
     
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