Milltown, NB Barn Fire, Sept 1887

CALAIS, Me., Sept. 17.---A fire broke out to-day in or near Abner McAllister's barn, at Milltown, New-Brunswick, at 2 P.M. A northwest gale was blowing, and the flames spread rapidly. The Fire Departments of Calais, St. Stephen, and the two Milltown engines responded. Only energetic exertions by the firemen, aided by the millmen and citizens, saved the mills and the main portion of the town. Sparks were carried across the river and set fire to several buildings, but the flames were extinguished without much damage. The following were burned out: Abner McAllister, house, barn, and contents, including a horse; William Doyle, house and outbuildings with contents; Mrs. McGovern, house; Joseph McGovern, house; John Kelly, house; Mrs. Curran, house; John D. Andrews, house, and furniture nearly ruined. Great excitement prevailed. It is impossible to procure accurate information regarding losses and insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 18 Sept 1887