Eastport, ME Fire, Oct 1886



PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 14.----The most disastrous fire that ever visited Eastport laid waste to-day a large portion of the town. The fire caught among the sardine factories, of which there are eight situated close to the water front. Water-street is the principal business thoroughfare, and at latest accounts this street was being rapidly destroyed by the fire, and it was branching off to streets occupied by dwelling houses. The Passamaquoddy Hotel was on fire, and it was feared the fire could not be staid. Fortunately there is no wind. Although the town was burned two years ago, still all the protection against fire they have got are two old-fashioned hand fire engines. The fire started in G. W. Capen's sardine factory, and swept with resistless fury through Water-street. At last accounts four sardine factories had been burned in addition to many stores and dwelling houses. The telegraph poles were burned, so that no dispatches have been received for some hours. Linemen and operators have been sent from Calais, 40 miles away, but it is feared the lines will not be repaired before morning. Following is a list of the packing houses there: Quoddy Packing Company, G. F. Raye & Co., Stimpson & Torrey, J. Henderson, Hailett Brothers, Daniel McCulloch, M. C. Holmes &Co., P. M. Kane, G. W. Capen, T. L. Holmes & Co., Eagle Preserved Fish Company, Charles Brewster, E. A. Holmes, H. Blanchard & Sons, T. D. Torrey, George W. Grady & Co., R. C. Green & Co., American Sardine Company.

The loss is estimated at $230,000, with partial insurance. Some 10 wharves and 50 buildings are probably burned. Julius Wolfe owned one of the factories. His insurance is $60,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Oct 1886

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