Salida, CO Fire, Mar 1886


Denver, Col., 25. --- A Salida, Colorado special to the Republican says: A fire broke out at the Windsor Hotel at noon to-day and the building was completely destroyed in twenty minutes, the guests having only time to escape alive and leaving all their effects in the burning building. A strong wind was blowing at the time, which spread the fire to the adjoining building, and as the entire block was composed of frame houses, in spite of the heroic efforts of the fire department, twenty seven of the principal business houses and over half their contents were destroyed. The loss is $120,000, insured in Eastern companies $45,000. Some of the heaviest losers are Smith & Randall, dry goods, $2,500; Windsor Hotel, $8,000; L. Wilmore, furniture, $4,000; M. M. French, drugs, $4,000; G. F. Bateman, hardware $13,000; Steven's saloon, $3,000; A. R. Thurber, drugs, $3,000. The building of Chaffee & Co., bankers, was destroyed --- loss not known. Other losses range from $500 to $3,000. No one was injured. Had the fire occurred at night the loss of life would have been frightful, as the fire department could not control the flames among the wooden buildings.

Daily Enquirer Utah 1886-03-26