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Dayton, NV Fire, Jul 1866

Fire at Dayton, Nevada.

San Francisco, Tuesday, July 3. A fire at Dayton, Nevada, on Sunday, destroyed $125,000 worth of property.

The New York Times, New York, NY 6 Jul 1866

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Fire In Nevada.-By the Enterprise of the 3rd, we learn particulars of a fire in Dayton, Nevada, which destroyed a great part of the town and over one hundred thousand dollars worth of property, in the principal business section of Dayton. Unlike the Portland fire, as reported, the lumber structures had the worst of it, the only buildings which were saved in the progress of the flames being the rock ones of Messrs. Birdsall & Hazeltine. The fire broke out about 3 p.m., Sunday the 1st, in a barn belonging to the Empire Hay Yard, not far from the bridge across the Carson, and is supposed to have been the work of a drunken fellow. Hay, wood and an abundance of other inflammable material, such as can be seen at any time close by to many combustible buildings in this city, were plentifully scattered about the premises, and took fire, which ran like a train of gunpowder. In a short time it became uncontrollable, sweeping everything before it; and though a hook and ladder company, which Dayton owns, was called into requisition, every effort was impotent to arrest the work of destruction until the fire had actually burnt itself out. The Roberts Hotel, Doyle’s Theatre Hall, a fine large frame building; the Lyon County Sentinel Office; and a great number of business premises were totally destroyed. According to a list of sufferers by the fire, the loss is set down at $119,000, only about $10,000 of which is covered by insurance.

Semi-Weekly Telegraph, Great Salt Lake City, UT 12 Jul 1866



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