Ware, MA Fire, Oct 1848


We learn from a correspondent of the Worcester Telegraph that the most destructive fire that has ever occurred in Ware Village, visited that place on Tuesday morning. Three blocks of stores situated in the central part of the village, were entirely destroyed, and several other stores were much injured, the fire was first discovered in the store of J. P. Gale, which rapidly communicated to the other buildings, and this between the hours of 1 and 3 o'clock, in the midst of torrents of rain which probably prevented a much greater destruction of property.

The principal sufferers are Warren Fay, J. P. Gale, Demon & Ruggles, W. S. Brakenridge, S. F. Pepper, Frink, Newbour & Co., D. Convers & Co., A. J. Jessup and J. Hartwell. Several stores kept by others were also burnt, and a large number of families rendered houseless. The amount of loss is yet unknown. The property was partly insured. The insurance offices in Worcester will feel this fire severely. The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

Barre Patriot, Barre, MA 6 Oct 1848