Durango, CO Fire, Jul 1889

THE FIRE AT DURANGO

100 FAMILIES HOMELESS.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE CONFLAGRATION THAT DEVASTATED A WESTERN CITY.

DENVER, Col., July 2.---Additional particulars from Durango state that the roof of the city hall, on the south side of H street, took fire, and that building on the city hall property, were consumed. The Building, occupied by M. L. Green as a bakery, with that occupied by Miss Teal and Borele and McCloskey, were consumed. Returning to the block where the fire originated, the remaining part of the block lying to the north was consumed, and crossing the street, the Boston and Wilder's photograph galleries, Chapman's hardware store, the Grand Central livery stable, Clipper Theatre, Grand Central Hotel, the Ideal office, and some 20 dwelling houses were completely destroyed. The court house in which were the vaults containing the county and court records, was the next building doomed and soon the large structure was a mass of flames. The old Sherman House across the street and north from the Grand Central was a target from the flames that were leaping madly to the south and west. It went in a jiffy, together with four or five other buildings, and May's livery stable, and a row of residences in the same block facing 2d street. The flames skipped across 2d and H streets to the Methodist parsonage and church. The Presbyterian and Episcopal churches then caught fire, and with 15 buildings adjoining, were completely destroyed. The burned district comprises eight blocks in the centre of the city, and about 25 dwelling houses. The loss is variously estimated at from $200,000 to $500,000. Insurance about one-third that amount. At least 100 families are left homeless, and are destitute of everything they possessed.

Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, MA 3 Jul 1889