Bellville, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1960
AUSTIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE BURNS.
Bellville (AP) -- An early morning fire destroyed the Austin County Courthouse built in 1888.
Flames from the three-story structure could be seen 10 miles away, said FRANZ W. ZEISKE, owner of the Bellville Times.
Fire fighting equipment from Brenham, Sealy, Wallis and Rosenberg helped fight the blaze. Bellville is about 60 miles west of Houston.
ZEISKE said courthouse records were kept in steel vaults and they were thought to have been saved.
The fire was discovered about 2:30 a.m. and by 4:30 the blaze was under control.
The courthouse was located in a plaza in the center of this town of about 3,000. Flames did not spread to any other buildings.
Cause of the fire was not known and an estimate of the loss had not been made early today.
Abilene Reporter News Texas 1960-04-05