Detroit, MI Fire, May 1848
TERRIBLE FIRE IN DETROIT
DETROIT, May 10 – 9 A. M.
Detroit was visited yesterday by the most destructive conflagration, yet known in its history. A fire broke out about half past 11 in the morning, in a large yellow warehouse, between Randolph and Bates streets, between 80 and 100 buildings were lain in ashes, including two or three large warehouses on the river, the Steamboat Hotel, Water's hotel, and a number of private residences on Jefferson Avenue.
The district burnt includes some half dozen blocks. The fire originated from the sparks of the propeller St. Joseph which was lying at the wharf in front of the warehouse.
The total loss by this terrible conflagration we cannot of course form any correct estimate at present.
It is very great. Some estimate it as high as $200,000. The number of families burned out was probably 200, and near 1000 persons were hurried into the street. The fire raged from 11 A. M. to 3 P. M.; several citizens were more or less injured in the general scrabble, and we hear that one person was burned to death, being then intoxicated, asleep near the Bethel street Market.
The large brick block in which the Daily Advertiser Office is located was much damaged, but the materials were principally saved.
The number of dwellings destroyed was 107, besides a large number of other buildings.
Prairie Du Chien Patriot Wisconsin 1848-05-24