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Rippey, Iowa Grocery Store Fire March 1932

The Mac Davis Grocery Store fire damaged the building and stock. First National Bank to the west, and Claude States Hardware to the east, suffered minor damage. The grocery store building is owned by Mrs. Everett Shaw.

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Jefferson Bee March 2, 1932, pg 1

At three o'clock last Friday morning the fire alarm at Rippey called the department to a blaze at the rear of the Mac Davis grocery, just east of the First National Bank on Main street. The fire had gained considerable headway, and by the time the fighters arrived the blaze was leaping 25 feet in air. Three streams of hose brought the conflagration under control in a short time but not until the grocery stock was completely ruined, and the building wrecked almost to the front. The flames got in between the celling and roof where water could not reach until holes had been chopped for the hose, accounting for unusual damage.

The blaze was confined to the building, which is owned by Mrs. E. A. Shaw, and but minor damage to adjoining properties. There was smoke damage on the interior of the First National building, while the Claude States hardware on the east suffered some burning upon the roof and destruction of a skylight.

Mrs. Shaw carried $4,000 Insurance on the building, while the Davis grocery stock was Insured for $2,000, and $500 upon fixtures. Adjustments of these losses are now under way. This Is the third time the building upon this lot has been burned in the last forty years, the first fire taking off the old frame structure of earlier days.