Corsicana, TX Fire, Feb 1872
Describing the late fire in Corsicana, the Observer says:
The flames were first seen at the northwest corner of the saloon on Beaton street, known as the "Academy of Music," on the outside of the building, evidently showing the work of an incendiary. The saloon was in a few moments in ashes; but few few of the fixtures were saved. Loss approximately $7000. No insurance.
W. F. Underwood & Co.'s large wholesale and retail grocery establishment was next in the progress of the fiery wave, and was soon laid in ashes. A good deal of their stock was saved. Their loss was about $8000. Insurance $6000.
A barber-shop adjoining the saloon building was the next that met the flames; then the William Tell House, a vacant storehouse and the large "Bakery House," all shared their fate -- the inmates scarcely having time to escape the flames, and but little being saved from either of them. The flames were here checked by the untiring efforts of our fellow-citizens, whose diligent and timely aid deserve the highest encomiunis.
Galveston Tri-Weekly News, Galveston, TX 5 Feb 1872