Weatherford, TX fire, Jun 1951

Million-Dollar Fire Occurs in Weatherford

WEATHERFORD, Texas, June 3 (AP). - Twelve families fled in their night clothing here Sunday as a million-dollar fire destroyed a 3-story business and residential building

The blaze in the Hopkins Building facing the courthouse square was discovered in the back of a Safeway Food Store at 3:20 a.m.

Other businesses burned out included a Montgomery-Ward mail order office, Corcanges Drug Store, Sturges-Allen Ladies Shop, The Hopkins Insurance Agency and about fifteen offices on the second floor, incluing the Texas Highway Department office.

Residentsof the third-floor apartments made their way down fire escapes.

Louis Oliveros, 32, cut his wrist breaking a window. But he jumped from the third floor to a firs floor tin canopy without other injury.

The destroyed 50-year-old building covered one fourth of a block. It was the worst fire here since the courthouse burned in 1880.

Three law offices were burned out. Attorney Borden Seaberry, valued his lost books at $7,500. Damage to Charles Shumakers' law office was estimated at $10,000.

Fire companies called to the blaze included Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Westland, Fort Worth, Wolters Air Force Base and Carswell Air Force Base.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 4 Jun 1951