Pithole, PA Fire, Jun 1866

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Destructive Fire at Pithole City.

A disastrous fire occurred at Pithole yesterday morning about 2 o'clock. The fire originated on First street, near the Florence restaurant, and extended rapidly in both directions, destroying some fifteen or twenty buildings. The Record says all the buildings on both sides of First street between Brown and Pather streets, are destroyed.

Within a few doors of the Continental Hotel a building was torn down, which prevented it reaching the former.

The rain of last night was a godsend to this place, for had the buildings had been dry no efforts could have saved the city from destructions. The loss must be somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000. The following is a partial list of the buildings destroyed: The Venango Saloon, Florence Restaurant, Hogan's Lager Beer Saloon, Ice Cream Saloon; Washington Restaurant; Dutch John's Lager Beer Saloon; Hill's Restaurant and the Blacksmith Shop near the Galt House.

We hear, but trust the rumor is not correct that two children were burned in one of the buildings. It is suspected that the fire was the work of an incendiary.

Titusville Morning Herald, Titusville, Pa 14 Jun 1866