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Clarksville, TN Montgomery County Courthouse Roof Collapse and Fire, Feb 1895


The Roof Fell In and the Building Was Wrecked by Fire.

Clarksville, Tenn., Feb. 8. -- During a trial in the Circuit Court room at Court House this morning the roof of the structure fell, causing a panic among the crowd in attendance at the trial. The building instantly caught fire, and in the rush for safety William Joslyn's leg was broken and a number of other persons sustained serious injuries. Judge Wilson jumped from a window to the ground, a distance of thirty feet, and was slightly hurt. Owing to the intense cold the firemen had hard work fighting the flames. The loss is probably $15,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Feb 1895

article | by Dr. Radut