Eustis, ME Fire, Sept 1903

EUSTIS, ME., SWEPT BY FIRE

Philips, Me., Sept. 12.--From information received from messengers who drove over the 20 miles of wood road from Eustis, it is estimated that the fire which destroyed a large portion of that town yesterday caused a loss of nearly, if not quite $100,000. Only a small part of this amount is covered by insurance. First reports, which placed the loss at $50,000, were based upon information received by telephone yesterday afternoon, but it develops that extensive damage was done after the telephone and telegraph offices were destroyed and wire communications interrupted. Two hotels, four general stores, 13 dwelling houses and nearly a score of outbuildings were destroyed.

The fire stated on the roof of the Coburn House presumably from a defective chimney, and driven by a strong wind made a clean sweep up the west side of the main street. The town has no fire department and the flames met practically no opposition. Sparks from the burning Coburn House set on fire a large wooden building adjoining which was owned by Joseph Stober, and occupied as a general store on the ground floor. Within 20 minutes nearly every building on that side of the street was in flames. Sylvester Bros.' general store, William Hanscom's general store, the general store owned by Green & Wyman and the general store and two dwelling houses owned by M. Wyman were burned flat within half an hour of the time the fire started. Then one after another, the flames ate up a dozen dwelling houses and nearly a score of outbuildings.

The heaviest individual losers are Green & Wyman.

Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket, RI 12 Sept 1903

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Big Fire in a Little Town.

PHILLIPS, Me., Sept. 12.--A large portion of the town of Eustis was burned yesterday, entailing a loss of nearly $100,000. Two hotels, four general stores, fifteen dwelling houses and nearly a score of outbuildings were destroyed.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 13 Sept 1903

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EUSTIS FIRE LOSS DOUBLED.

Latest Reports from Maine Town Indicated That Property Valued at $100,000 Was Burned.

PHILLIPS, Me., Sept. 12.--From information received today from messengers who drove over the twenty miles of wood road from Eustis, it is estimated that the fire which destroyed a large portion of that town yesterday caused a loss of nearly $1,000,000. Only a small part of the loss is covered by insurance.

The first reports, which placed the loss at $50,000, were based upon information received by telephone, but it develops that extensive damage was done after the telephone and telegraph offices were destroyed. Two hotels, four general stores, fifteen dwelling houses, and nearly a score of outbuildings were burned.

The fire started on the roof of the Coburn House, presumably from a defective chimney, and, driven by a strong wind, made a clean sweep up the west side of the main street. The heaviest individual losers are Greene & Wyman, storekeepers. They carried a stock of goods valued at $25,000 and had only a small amount of insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Sept 1903