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1865 - DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT MEADVILLE - Loss from $75,000 to $100,000

A destructive fire occurred at Meadville on Thursday night, resulting in the destruction of property to the amount of between $75,000 and $100,000. The fire broke out in the extensive woolen factory Messrs H. S. & F. W. Huidekoper, and not withstanding the prompt arrival of the fire department, the flames had gained such headway as to render all efforts to save the building fruitless. In a short time the flames communicated with the long frame tenement block on the west, and the house of the JAMES DOUGLASS on the east. By super human efforts the fire was prevented from extending beyond the DOUGLASS house, although the building was rendered almost a wreck.

The entire tenement house was soon in flames. The most the engines could do was to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings. At the time the Republican, from which we obtain the above particulars, went to press on Thursday night, the fire was still raging, but it was thought it would not extend beyond the buildings noticed. The loss falls very heavy on Messrs H.S. & F.H. Huidekoper, but not so fearfully as on the twenty or thirty families who are rendered homeless. - Pittsburg Chronicle, 4th.

The Franklin Repository
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
November 8, 1865

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