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Biloxi, MS Fire, Nov 1900 - Disastrous Fire

Disastrous Fire Sweeps Town of Biloxi, Miss.

New Orleans, La., Nov. 9.-Biloxi, Miss., situated on the sound, 80 miles from New Orleans, was swept by a terrific fire this morning, which destroyed upwards of 100 buildings and rendered hundreds of people homeless. Biloxi is a town of 7000 people and a well-known summer resort for Mississippians and Louisianans, and a winter resort for northern people. It has a small fire department and contains many frame buildings, and the fire burned until it had nothing further to feed upon.

The fire started shortly after midnight in a saloon near the Louisville & Nashville depot, and after destroying the depot swept through to the beach, a distance of several squares. No lives were lost, but many of the poorer people lost all their possessions. The Catholic Church, school and convent, two newspaper offices and several fine brick stores were among the buildings destroyed. The total loss is estimated at $300,000, with $125,000 of insurance.

Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID 10 Nov 1900

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