1902 - FIRE AT PORT JERVIS, N.Y. DELAWARE HOUSE BURNED AND SEVENTEEN HORSES PERISH - LOSS ESTIMATED AT $75,000, WITH $20,000 INSURANCE.
Port Jervis, N.Y., Aug. 30. - A fire started from spontaneous combustion in the hayloft of Liveryman W. J. COLLIER, on Railroad Avenue, about 3 o'clock this morning, and before the flames were subdued they had reduced three-quarters of a block to ashes and entailed an estimated loss of $75,000, covered by $20,000 insurance.
Twenty-two horses were in the barn under the hayloft, and seventeen perished. Forty wagons were destroyed. COLLIER'S undertaking shop was burned, and next the flames destroyed the residence of MRS. MICHAEL DALEY. Then the barn of ANDREW CUFF was consumed, and in quick succession the undertaking office and barn of THOMAS CARRIGAN. MR. COLLIER'S handsome residence was badly damaged.
The fire extended to the stables of PATRICK J. DONAHUE. His horses and wagons were saved.
The grocery store and residence of THOMAS FALLON were the next to go, and afterward the flames were communicated to the paint shops of WILLIS MILLSPAUGH and FLOYD BARLOW, causing a terrific explosion. The family of JOHN DUANE, consisting of his wife, two children, and sister-in-law, MISS LOUISE DECKER, resided in one of the buildings, and they escaped with difficulty.
The frame dwelling of HARRY BALMOS was entirely destroyed, and two horses owned by OWEN HAGAN badly injured. The last two structures to burn was the Delaware House, THEODORE SHAY, proprietor, that stood on the corner of Pike Street and Railroad Avenue. The guests were notified of the fire, and many of them tumbled out in the chilly morning air in their nightclothes. Much of the furniture of the hotel was removed. THOMAS DICKERMAN, a fireman, was overcome with smoke and carried out unconscious.
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 31, 1902
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