Richmond, ME Fire, Sept 1871

Thirteen Dwellings and Stores Burned in Richmond, Me.--Ladies at the Fire Engines.

AUGUSTA, Me., Sept. 3.--A fire in Richmond, Me., on Sunday morning, destroyed some thirteen dwellings and stores on the south side of Maine and on White and Church streets. The fire broke out about midnight in a shoe-stitching building on White-street, and burned till daybreak before it was subdued. Thirty buildings were on fire at one time. Once the men were obliged to leave the engines to protect their own property, and their places were filled by ladies, who worked at the engines over an hour. Loss, over $20,000; insurance, $11,000. The origin of the fire is unknown.

The New York Times, New York, NY 4 Sept 1871