Harrison Valley, NY Fire, Mar 1899


This Pretty Village Nearly Wiped Out By Fire--Loss $40,000.

A bad fire in Harrison Valley, Pa., broke out Sunday morning, in the Harrison Valley hotel which created great loss before being subdued. Fire companies from neighboring towns were summoned which did great good after their arrival, but great damage was done before they got there.

The town is supplied with natural gas, but the supply was shut off as soon as possible, this preventing any serious trouble from that source. A barber shop occupied by Frank Van Etten was turned bottom side up in the creek to prevent fire from spreading.

The following business places were totally destroyed:

Harrison Valley Hotel, Frank Traver, proprietor
Furniture and Undertaking establishment of F. L. Harrison & Co.
General store, Seeley & Allen
General merchandise store
The general merchandise store of John Schweitzer.
Blacksmith shop, C. H. Heath
Hardware store, G. E. & O. J. Stone
Cigar store and tin repair shop, C. J. Hufford
Shoe shop, Guy Easteen
Meat market, W. W. Thomas
The second floor of the residence occupied by Will Ermay was also badly damaged.

The wind was blowing from the west and several other buildings were greatly endangered. Much of the stock and household goods in the burned district had been removed to vacant lots and was saved. The fire was the most disastrous one ever known in the history of the village, and owing to the fact that the buildings were old and wooden the insurance rates were so high that but little insurance was carried.
It is thought that the total damage will aggregate $40,000. The origin of the fire is unknown, the blaze being first discovered issuing from the roof of the hotel. Several families who occupied rooms above the stores were rendered homeless, but were taken in by their mere fortunate neighbors.

Hornellsville Weekly Tribune, Hornellsville, NY 21 Mar 1899