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Charleston, SC Burton Lumber Yard Fire, May 1908

A $125,000 Fire in Charleston.

Charleston, S.C. May 11 – Fire which began to-day in the yards of the Burton Lumber Company, on the Cooper river near the navy yard, was gotten under control to-night after destroying 6,000,000 feet of kiln dried cypress lumber valued at about $125,000. When discovered about noon to-day the flames were eating through one of the huge stacks and despite the prompt and vigorous work of the mill force, aided by volunteers from the navy yard and nearby fertilizer works, the fire was driven by a brisk wind until it practically consumed all of the lumber in the yards. With help from the city and four tugboats assisting with the fire pumps and favorable wind the plant, which is one of the largest in the South, was saved. Insurance to possibly two-thirds of the loss was carried on the property and stock.

Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC 12 May 1908



article | by Dr. Radut