THE DESTRUCTION OF NIBLO’S—Heavy Loss of the Ravel Family.
We stated on Saturday that the whole of Niblo’s Garden in N. York, was consumed by fire on Friday morning. The correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer says:
When the fire was first discovered, the bar-keeper, who lived near the premises, rushed in to put it out, but he found it impossible, as the building, or theatre proper on Broadway, was on fire in five or six different places—up stairs, down stairs, and even in the basement. After consuming this this part of the premises, the fire extended to the large saloon where the Concerts a la Musard were usually given. This building being composed principally of wood was soon in ruins. From here the fire extended to the small wooden building on the corner of Broadway and Prince street, occupied as a seed store by Messrs. Bildsland & Hogg.
The two large dwelling houses on Broadway occupied by the Mr. Niblo’s family, &c. were the next to fall before the devouring element.—These were soon in ruins, but not before the whole of the furniture was removed in safety and taken to the house of Mr. Jno. Niblo, No. 418 Houston street. Thence the fire took hold of a rear building in Crosby street, the upper part of which was occupied as the armory of the City Guards, and the lower as a club house. The loss here was trifling.
The house No. 592 Broadway was next destroyed. The house was occupied in the basement by a shoemaker, named McCork, who saved his stock; the upper part was occupied by Dr. Smith, a Botanic Physician, whose loss is about $1500, but who is wholly insured; and by Mr. Derrick, sadler, loss $1500, partly insured.
Mr. Niblo’s loss in building, &c., is $50, 000 and he was insured to the amount of $10, 000—loss $40, 000.
I perceive that an evening paper has put the loss sustained by the Ravel Family at $200. This is a great mistake, for the whole of their extensive wardrobe and properties are all destroyed. Gabriel Ravel informed me at ten o’clock this morning, that the Ravel family (himself included) have lost upwards of $50,000.
The Company belonging to this establishment (the Ravels included) will immediately proceed South.
American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper September 21, 1846. Print.