Theatre Fires

Powers’ Opera House completely burned out twice and a third fire set the stage a blaze.

Fire of 1892 – Powers’ Opera House (1874–1892)

Saturday 11 June 1892 Opera House Up in Smoke

Saturday 11 June 1892 Opera House Up in Smoke

On Saturday 11 June 1892 a fire was accidently started by a drunk stage carpenter who was about to set a crew of men to clean under the stage…

Fire of 1901 – Powers’ New Opera House (1892–1902)

Grand Rapids Morning Democrat Wed 13 Nov 1901

Grand Rapids Morning Democrat Wed 13 Nov 1901

Seven months shy of the ten year anniversary on Wednesday 13 November 1901 a mysterious fire again broke out under the stage but his time it was suspect that it was electrical. There was only one death due to smoke inhalation, the same stage carpenter that accidently set the first fire was found dead in a closet where he must have tried to escape the flames…

Fire of 1942 – Powers’ Theatre (1903–1979)

In September 1942 a work crew began repairing the Powers’ Theatre stage after a fire…

Winter 1978–79 – The Walls Fall In

It wasn’t fire that finally brought down the once Powers’ Grand Opera House Block but the wrecking ball of Capital Lumber and Wrecking Company. The company was transitioning into what we know today as Pitsch Wrecking Company, 625 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

more to come…

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