Memphis, TN Fire, Jan 1860

Jan 27, 1860

DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION IN MEMPHIS, TENN. - This day a fire broke out in Memphis, at about three o'clock A.M., in the livery-stable adjoining the post-office, on Second Street. The "Avalanche" says: -

The fire made rapid progress, and before it could be checked reduced the stable, the post-office adjoining, and the whole known as Post-Office Block, to a heap of smouldering ruins. A considerable amount of goods was saved from the stored burned; but still the loss is immense. Forty horses are reported to have been burned. There seems no doubt that the fire was the work of an incendiary. When discovered by a man sleeping in the stable, it had actually attacked the bed upon which he was lying, the pillow case being in a blaze. a barkeeper in Cordano's drinking saloon was badly though no dangerously burned. He reports several men in the room from which he escaped, badly singed. Whether all escaped or not is uncertain.

The stable-building burned belonged to Stratton, McDavitt & Co., and was worth about $5000: insured for $2000. It was occupied by J. M. Woodward, whose loss is probably $12,000 to $15,000. He was insured at $10,000 in all. The fire is supposed to have originated in the hay in the back part of this stable.

The fire from the stable communicated to the post-office building, owned by John Overton, and valued at $30,000: insured for $18,000. The post-office fixtures and furniture were mainly burned: loss, probably $3000 to $4000.

All, or nearly all, the letters, papers, and stamps in the office were saved.

Anthony Cordano's drinking-saloon: estimated loss, $8500.

Goodyear & Co.'s drug-store: loss heavy, - probably $8000: insured for $3500.

Fowlkes & Co., grocers, cotton-factors, &c: much of their stock was saved: insured for $5000.

Vincent's Semi-annual United States Register, Jan-Jun 1860 page 67