Farmington, ME Town Fire, Oct 1886


Farmington, Me., In the Grip of the Bed Demon and Threatened with Destruction.



FARMINGTON, Me., Oct. 3. -- 1:50 a.m. -- A great fire has raged here since 8 o'clock this evening.  At this hour the fire is sweeping down Main street and will probably consume everything on the west side of the street.

Masonic Hall, Odd Fellows' Hall, the Chronicle office, Knowlton & McLeary's job printing house, the postoffice, Hotel Marble, Exchange Hotel, and some fifteen stores are now in ruins.

The burned district thus far is:  From the Hotel Marble down Pleasant street everything is swept clear, including the jail; thence along Broadway to Main street; thence up Main street to Tarbox Bros. store, on the west side of the street; also down the entire length of Main street to Depot street on the west side.

The Baptist church is also in ruins, and the Methodist and Congregational churches are burning.

It is utterly impossible to estimate the loss.

A steam fire engine has just arrived from Lewiston, making the run from Lewiston in one hour and fifteen minutes.  A company from Phillips is also working, but its labors are almost fruitless on account of the gale which prevails.

The People's Trust Company is also burned out.

The fire caught in E. Greer's stable on Pleasant street at 7:30 o'clock.

No accidents are reported, but everybody is exhausted.

Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 23 Oct 1886