Florence, SC Fire, Feb 1896


A Human Life and $100,000 Worth of Property Lost Yesterday.

FLORENCE, S. C., Feb. 27.--Florence suffered another serious conflagration at 4 o'clock this morning. The approximate losses on buildings and merchandise are $100,000. The fire started on the second floor of the Ellis Block, in Evans Street, and burned everything from the Central Hotel, in Evans Street, to W. J. Brown's store, in Dargan Street. The following establishments were burned out:
Sligh & Tucker, three immense stores; Sulzbacher & Sons, jewelers; F. U. Lake & Co., drug store; Charles Bultman, shoe store; Florence Dispensary; The Banner and Messenger newspaper office; Western Union telegraph office; Knights of Pythias Castle Hall and contents; Order Railway Conductors, division room; H. E. Gee, dentist; Dr. F. H. McLeod's office; Farrell & Edwards, photograph gallery; Laughlin's barber's shop; O. S. Ellis, office and rooms, and Mrs. O. Morgan, millinery store.

The Post Office and the mail matter were saved. The store of Chase & Huldrow, general merchandise, and the Central Hotel Block were badly damaged by water.

George Williams, a printer, of Darlington, who was sleeping in the Ellis Block, was burned to death. The cause of the fire is not known.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Feb 1896