Augusta, ME Fire, Jan 1904


Two Blocks in Trade Centre of the City Burned Over.

AUGUSTA, Me., Jan. 7.----Two large brick blocks in the trade centre of the city and occupied by the First National Bank and several stores were burned here to-day. The loss is estimated at $200,000.

The flames were first noticed near the furnace in the basement of Whitman & Adam's store and spread rapidly. Soon the aspect of the fire was so threatening that the combined fire forces of Waterville, Gardiner, and Hallowell fought for five hours before they stopped the blaze.

The heaviest losers are Whitman & Adams, whose dry goods store was the largest in Augusta. Their damage is placed at $60,000. Chief Engineer Ricker of the Fire Department was overcome by smoke and several firemen were hurt by falling glass.

The New York Times, New York, NY 8 Jan 1904