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Delmar, DE Fire Destroys Town, Aug 1892

TOWN LAID IN ASHES.

DELMAR, DEL., SWEPT BY FIRE -- THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE HOMELESS.

Delmar, Del., Aug. 17. -- Fully three-fourths of this village was burned Tuesday and 300 people are homeless and robbed of all their earthly possessions. Added to these misfortunates one person was burned to death, but the body was so badly burned that identification seems to be impossible. Three others are missing. The fire started in a little room back of the post office building on Main Street, which runs north and south. A strong northwest wind fanned the flames, which spread rapidly southward and licked up about fifty dwellings and business houses. The citizens at first organized a bucket brigade, but their efforts to stay the flames' progress were futile and a message was sent to Salisbury, Md., for fire apparatus. A special train brought the Salisbury firemen with their engine and hose carriage, but there was no water supply and they could do but little, if any good, with the two weak streams that were directed toward the building mass of frame buildings.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1892-08-17



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