Augusta, ME Fire, Sept 1853

Destructive Fire at Augusta, Me.,---Several Mills, &c., in Ruins--Large Number of Workmen thrown out of Employment.

AUGUSTA. Saturday, Sept. 3. About 2 o'clock this morning a destructive fire broke out in the spool factory of HARNDEN & LELAND, and spread speedily, communicating to the large machine-shop used by the railroad company, and to a four-mill, saw-mills, grist-mills, and two drying houses. The loss is estimated at $75,000---partly insured. Many people are thrown out of employment.

The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Sept 1853

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The Fire at Augusta, Me., &c.

BOSTON, Monday, Sept. 5. The fire in Augusta, Me., on Saturday morning, (already reported) destroyed six saw-mills, machine shops, sash and blind manufactories, the valuable grist-mill, (the best in the State) built by the late JOSEPH D EMERY, Esq., and recently owned by Judge RINE and the heirs of Mr. EMERY---all the dry-houses, with their contents---the large Kianizing shop recently owned by the Kennebec and Portland Company, and which was purchased a few days since by the Water Power Company; a large boarding-house, and all the stock and tools of the whole range of buildings.

Nothing but the old saw-mill, owned by HENRY WILLIAMS, is left on the site. The dam and bulkhead of the Canal were so much injured that, the operations in the cotton factory will have to be suspended for the present. Among the principal sufferers are the Messrs. WILLIAMSON, MR. ATKINS and Messrs. HARDEN AND LELAND, who lose their all by the calamity. Some 250 mechanics and 200 females are thrown out of employment until repairs can be effected.

The whole loss is variously estimated at from $100,000 to $200,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 6 Sept 1853