Medora, IL Business Section Fire, Oct 1897

FLAMING HAVOC AT MEDORA.

EIGHTEEN BUILDINGS BURNED IN THE BUSINESS CENTER -- SEVERAL PERSONS HURT.

Medora, Ills., Oct. 7. -- Fire broke out at 3 a.m. yesterday in the rear of Robings hardware store, spread rapidly, and in two hours had destroyed that building and seventeen others adjoining, practically wiping out the business portion of the town and causing an extimated loss of $100,000; insurance one-half. The principal losses are as follows:
J. Robings, $6,000.
Bank of Medora, $8,000.
T. L. Loper & Co., $2,500.
T. A. Loomis, $6,000.
A. Steed, $7,000.
Several persons were more or less seriously burned and bruised while trying to rescue goods from the stores.
Among them are:
C. W. TIETSART, severely burned on hand.
W. T. ROACH, hands burned, will probably lose one hand.
W. F. KELLER, severely burned about the face.
JOE DRENNAN, hurt by a falling piano.
E. E. PEEBLE, bruised and burned.
DR. J. E. WALTON, cut by flying glass.
Before being discovered the fire got such a start that the citizens of the town, which has a population of 1,500, had hard work in getting the flames under control.

Logansport Pharos Indiana 1897-10-07