Mauch Chunk, PA Fire, Jul 1849

Great Fire at Mauch Chunk, Penn.

PHILADELPHIA, July 16.--By way of Pottsville we learn that a very destructive fire broke out at Mauch Chunk about 8 o'clock on Sunday morning. The largest portion of the business part of the town was destroyed, including the Court-House, Jail, the Hotel, and 30 stores and dwellings. Loss estimated at $150,000.

The Pittsfield Sun, Pittsfield, MA 19 Jul 1849


Tremendous Fire in Mauch Chunk--Business Portion of the Town in Ruins--Loss $150,000--Man Killed.

POTTSVILLE, July 16.--P. M.--A slip received here this evening, from the office of the Tamaqua Legion, says:--"It is our painful duty to announce an awful conflagration and great loss of property, which occurred in our sister town, Mauch Chunk, on Sunday. All the business portion of that flourishing borough is laid in ruins. The loss is estimated at $150,000. At least thirty-one houses have been reduced to ashes. The following is a list of the sufferers:

Dodson & Beahm's store and 4 dwellings; Duson & Williams, dry goods merchants; Polk's drugstore; Legett's wheelwright shot; John Joseph's shop and dwelling; Ebert's new building; John Miers, two dwellings; John Leisenring, Sr.'s storehouse, dwelling &c.; Mr. Fisler's harness end saddlery shop; Packer & Olwine's shoe store, owned by Judge Packer; Judge Packer's storehouse; the Court House buildings and Jail; the office of the Carbon County Gazette, and materials; together with several dwelling houses, including the Eagle hotel. The Odd Fellows' Hall was saved by dint of daring seldom excelled.

We understand that the fire originated in Dodson & Beahm's warehouse, which was communicated by means of hot ashes, carelessly thrown under the building. When discovered, the fire had gained such headway that resistance was vain. A heavy wind prevailing at the time, the building was soon wrap in flames. Its course was east, crossing Market Square until it reached Harlan's large brick dwelling.

Great praise is due to the citizens and distant friends for their efforts to subdue the flames.

A man, in attempting to gain a seat upon the cars, while in motion, as they were descending from Nesquehoning, laden with men coming to the fire, lost his balance and fell across the rail. The cars passed over him, severing his body almost in two. He died shortly afterwards.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 17 Jul 1849