Jasonville, IN Business Section Fire, July 1914

Beginning of the Fire Fire at its Peak Fire Raging Main Street Rebuilt Circa 1940 Ruins of Jasonville

WARNING SENT TO JASONVILLE PROVED FUTILE.

TOWN WAS NOT PREPARED WHEN A BIG FIRE BROKE OUT FRIDAY.

SUFFERED A HEAVY LOSS.

DESTROYED SIX BUSINESS AND TWO RESIDENCE BLOCKS AND CLAIMED ONE LIFE.

Jasonville, Ind., July 25. -- A warning sent last summer when a disastrous fire wrought havoc here, failed to cause sufficient precaution to be taken this year, and yesterday afternoon Jasonville paid the penalty, six business blocks and two resident blocks being wiped out in a conflagration which burned nearly fifty stores, did damage estimated at $300,000 and claimed one life. JOHN HUGHES, fifty years old, a teamster, was caught by falling walls, after a dynamite explosion, and was so badly burned and crushed that he died. He leaves four children.
The fire is thought to have started in the Family theater, but was first discovered in the JOSEPH SPURGEON grocery. The flames were first seen in the SPURGEON building on the south side of Main street. The blaze spread rapidly east and west from the SPURGEON store and soon leaped across the street. Dynamite was used in a vain attempt to stop the flames. The fire ate its way west to the I. O. O. F. building on the north side of the street and the BURKHART building on the south. Here a cross street aided the firemen, who by using dynamite, halted the blaze. A distress call had been sent to Terre Haute and apparatus arrived from that city.
Jasonville has been supplied with water by a corporation, which used deep wells for its supply. When the flames broke out the firemen brought their hose into play, but only for a few minutes, as the water soon gave out.
While the fire was burning a hayfield west of the city caught fire and forced several families to move out their goods.
Hundreds of persons flocked to this city from Sullivan, Linton, Hymers and surrounding points. It is estimated that less than half of the $300,000 loss is covered by insurance.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1914-07-25

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Jasonville Fire

My dad was Thomas B. Fleming who lived in Jasonville and was only 2 years old at the time of the fire. There were three Fleming brothers-my dad, Edmund, and Charles Francis. My grandmother always said she lost her family photos to a fire. I have always wondered why there were no photos at all. I do not know for sure, but it could be that their home was among those burned or damaged by smoke. On finding this article, it was the first time I really knew anything about this fire.
Patty Fleming

fire in jasonville

I read your comment. My grandparents lived in Jasonville at the time, also. Apparently, their house was involved, because my grandmother often told my mom that all of her family photos were ruined. that is all i know of it. My dad, Thomas. B. fFeming, and his two brothers, Charles F. and Edmund also lived there.

For my dad, Jasonville was the happiest period of his life. We spread his ashes in the park which is now behind the house where he lived. Before, in 1917, it was merely a grove where children played.

Patty

I am the great great

I am the great great granddaughter of John Hughes the only fatality of the 1914 fire in Jasonville. My great grandmother was Averil Hughes Calvert , one of John's 3 surviving daughters, he was also survived by two sons.