Jacksonville, FL Fire, May 1901
FLAMES FOLLOW PEOPLE
"As the viaduct leading over the marches of Hogan a creek to East Jacksonville was reached it was plain that the limit of the progress of the flames westward had been reached. the hope of the people grew strong that the worst was over but as far as the money value of the damage was concerned the worst was yet to come. Just as the material for the flames was apparently consumed a shift in the wind send a roaring sea of flames southward toward the river. Then it was beginning to dawn on the minds of the unfortunate who had refugeed to the riverside that they were in danger of being cut off and suffocated. A rush was made for the South Jacksonville ferry, and hundreds sought refuge on the other shore.
Then came the most thrilling scene of the entire day. the flames caught the freight warehouses of the Atlantic Valdosta and Western railroad and began from there on its backward march in the eye of the wind. Slowly but surely it ate its way against the wind, taking either side of Bay street until it reached JONESE'S boat yard. The wholesale grocery store of the F&H DOWLING COMPANY, MULLER & CO and dozens of smaller concerns were slowly destroyed. While the flames failed to cross the open space known as JONES'S BOAT YARD a new danger threatened. The flames swept down in the rear of the United States hotel, and thatwith the Law exchange was doomed. Meantime the county courthouse caught fire and another splendid edifice was soon a total wreck.
FIRE LEAPS STREET "From the United States hotel the flames again jumped across the street and the line of march was taken up again only to be checked when the last building near McCoy and Hogans creek had been destroyed.
Among the houses that had succumbed to the flames by 8 o'clock on Bay street were the MOHAWK block the GARDNER building FURCHGOTT'S mammoth dry goods house BENEDICT & POLLAK'S wholesale dry goods house CHRISTIE Drug Company , McALLISTER wholesale liquors, COHEN BROS dry goods, R D HORSEN dry goods, ISEMAN & SKINNER wholesale grocers, I E BAIRD paints; W A B??RS hay and grain, F M DOWLING wholesale grocer, CLAUSSON wholesale grocer, Florida Hardware Company, United States hotel, E F CLARK'S furniture house, HENRY CLARK, carpets, D E COOPER, furniture FETTINGS & REICHARD furniture HARKISHEIMER grocer, estate of McNEERY wholesale grocers, COLEMAN tailor, a dozen drug retail grocery millinery and other stores, SUMNER wholesale butter and cheese store.
The hotels destroyed included the Windsor, St. James, Placide, United States, Girard, Glenada and Oxford.
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA. 4 May 1901