Tupper Lake, NY Town Fire, July 1899

Tupper Lake NY Main Street Circa 1910.jpg

A NEW YORK TOWN DESTROYED.

FIRE LEAVES BUT A FEW BUILDINGS STANDING IN TUPPER LAKE VILLAGE -- HUNDREDS ARE HOMELESS.

Malone, N. Y., July 31. -- The village of Tupper Lake was almost entirely wiped out by fire in a few hours Sunday morning. Save two hotels, the Opera House, Catholic Church, and a few straggling tenement houses on the outskirts, not a single block or house remains. Not a business establishment of any kind escaped. The buildings were all of wood, and there being no fire protection, insurance rates were well nigh prohibitive as far as the poorer class were concerned. Thus hundreds are left homeless and destitute.
The heat from so much burning wood was terrific, making it difficult to save anything from buildings even quite remote from the blaze. Goods were piled into the streets, only to be moved again, and many of these, together with furniture, bedding, &c., were afterward burned. Men were dazed, and watched all their earthly possessions go up in smoke, while women and children wept and wrung their hands.
Hundreds sought shelter in the only remaining church and at the Opera House. Steps are being taken to feed and care for them.
The fire started in KING & PAGE'S store, at the west of the town, and with a strong wind the flames swept eastward, only to abate when nothing remained to feed them. The loss is estimated at from $150,000 to $200,000. The insurance was mostly carried by F. S. CHINNELL of Malone, and the Mutual Insurance Company of Ogdensburg.

The New York Times New York 1899-08-01