Texarkana, AR Sawmill Fire, Nov 1897

BURNING ROOF FALLS ON MEN.

LARGEST SAWMILL IN ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.

Texarkana, Ark., November 6. -- Fire this morning destroyed four steam dry kilns, five lumber sheds and over 2,250,000 feet of lumber, the property of the Central Coal, Coke and Lumber Company. The aggregate loss is over $100,000.
The mill was one of the largest in the southwest, and has a cutting capacity of 250,000 feet daily. One of the burned buildings was a mammoth shed, 300 feet in length. The roof fell in while about forty men were under it, and it is believed that several bodies will be found in the ruins.

Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1897-11-07

Texarkana, Ark., Nov. 8. -- Fire Saturday morning destroyed four steam lumber kilns, five lumber sheds and one and a quarter million feet of lumber, the property of the Central Coal, Coke and Lumber company. The aggregate loss is over $100,000. The roof of a shed fell in while about forty men were under it, and it is believed several bodies will be found in the ruins. Several men were taken out injured, three of whom will die. CHARLES KORN, a white carpenter; EDWIN BARRON, an employe of the Southern Furniture company, and a negro laborer and the fatally injured. When the fire was hottest a whirlwind was created and another large shed that stood nearby was struck and torn into kindling, as if a destructive cyclone had struck it.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1897-11-08