Nome, AK Fire, Sept 1905


Fire Loss at Nome, Alaska, is Estimated at $200,000.

Seattle, Wash, Sept 18 – Sixty buildings were destroyed by fire at Nome, Alaska, on the night of September 13, causing a loss of $200,000, according to advices received to-day. The city half was destroyed, but the records were saved. It is reported that the stores of M E Atkinson and J P Parker were destroyed It was at first reported that the fire destroyed the larger wholesale and retail stores, but this proved incorrect. No loss of life is reported.

Commissioner Richards, of the General Land Office, received a telegram yesterday from the trustee for town-site entries at Nome, Alaska, notifying him of the destruction by fire of all the town records in his office except the plat and tract book.

The Washington Post, Washington DC 19 Sept 1905



Heart of Business Section of Alaska City Burned


Although Infarmation [sic] of the Conflagration Is Vague, It Is Feared That the Damage May Reach a Half Million Dollars.

SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 18. – Dispatches received in Seattle tell of a disastrous fire that swept the heart of the business section of Nome, Alaska, on the night of September 12. From the meager information given it is believed that twenty-five buildings were destroyed in the vicinity of Lane’s Way and that the fire covered two or three blocks. No details are given and no loss of life is reported.

If the fire burned in both directions from Lane’s Way it is estimated by Seattle persons familiar with the class of business houses in that vicinity that the loss will reach $5000,000, and may exceed that figure, though any estimate made at present would be a mere guess.

Cable and telegraphic communication were re-established to Nome last evening after and interruption of five days, but details of the fire are still lacking.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno NV 18 Sept 1905