Tremont, PA Fire, Aug 1878
LEBANON, PA, Aug. 18. -- About 10 last night, the village of Tremont had a fire which came near sweeping the town out of existence. Thirteen houses were destroyed, composing the business portion of the town, and on account of there being no fire department, nothing coud [sic] be done until it had burned is [sic] course. A Masonic Lodge occupied the third story of Baird's building, and had just lately furnished and fited [sic] up the room. Everything was completely destroyed. Loss, $80,000, partly covered by insurance.
The Summit County Beacon, Akron, OH 21 Aug 1878
A fire at Tremont, Pa., Saturday night, consumed a block of buildings to the business portion of the town. The larger buildings destroyed were Messrs. Murphy's general store; Frank Huntzinger's dry goods and groceries; George W. Bard's hardware store; Wm. Glanding's [Granding's ?] confectionary; the Masonic hall and post office buildings. Nine families were rendered homeless. Loss about $50,000; insurance $25,000, in Pennsylvania companies. Much of the merchandise and furniture removed to places of safety was stolen.
The Sun, Baltimore, MD 19 Aug 1878
In August, 1878, a fire occurred in the eastern part of [Tremont], among the stores and business places: At that time the town had no fire department, and it was not extinguished until it had destroyed about half a square. The loss was estimated at $100,000
History of Schuylkill County, 1881