Mt. Airy, MD Fire, Jan 1903

“Flames were leaping high from the business block near the railroad station and we could see the glare of the light in the skies as our locomotive steamed up the mountain grade. When we arrived in Mt. Airy we found that there was no source of water supply immediately available, so after a hasty consultation with the supervisor of the B. and O. and other railroad men, it was arranged for half a dozen locomotives to run up and down the road to a source of water supply miles away and bring it to the scene of the fire.

“Thus the fire engine, which was left in its position on the flat-car, was kept constantly supplied with an abundance of water from the tanks of the locomotives. In this way the spread of the flames was checked, but not until the heart of the business section had been reduced to ashes.

“It was thus that the Frederick firemen, the B. and O. Railroad officials and the citizens of Mt. Airy, working together in intelligent co-operation, saved the rest of the town from the flames.”

This fire was separated by several months from the biggest fire in the history of Mt. Airy, when the business houses on the south side of the railroad were wiped out. On that occasion also the United Fire Engine was sent from Frederick.

Evening Post, Frederick, MD 29 Aug 1912



Frederick Firemen Responded to Appeal For Aid---Loss Then About $65,000.

Mt. Airy once before was visited by a large conflagration which almost wiped out the entire town. It was back in 1903 when the village was heavily struck. There were two fires within a month. The first occurring on January 29, when the large building occupied by A. Anderson and Co. was burned, with all its contents. Frederick was appealed to at that time for assistance and two reels of the United Company, in charge of Dudley Page and Charles P. Levy made the trip to Mt. Airy in a special train furnished by the B. & O. Railroad. The firemen were able to save the property of Baker and Zentz and Edward Molesworth. The loss bye fire amounted to upwards of $5,000.

The News, Frederick, MD 25 Mar 1914