Montpelier, VT Fire, May 1875

Great Fire at Montpelier, Vt.

Montpelier, Vt., May 1. -- At 12 o'clock last night a fire broke out in Bruce's block, on Main street, which raged four hours, destroying thirty stores and dwellings. A strong wind prevailed, threatening the business portion of the town, but fortunately the wind changed and drove the flames to wards the dwellings. Both sides of the street for nearly a mile were burned. Fire companies from neighboring cities contributed to the suppression of the flames. The loss will be $150,000.

Montpelier, May 2. -- The total loss by Saturday's fire is $114,000; insurance, $58,000. This and other fires lately have destroyed about half of the business portion of the town, but arrangements are being made for the rapid replacement of the buildings.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 3 May 1875