Bangor, ME Fire, Apr 1911 - fire loss $6,000,000

St John Episcopal Church, Bangor, ME Post Office, Bangor, ME High School, Bangor, ME Library, Bangor, ME


Maine City Might Have Been Destroyed Had Not Firemen From Other Places Lent Assistance – Three Persons Killed and Fifty Others Injured

BANGOR, MAINE, May 1. – Fire yesterday practically wiped out the business section and much of the residential portion of this city. It is now under control, but still burning fiercely today. The state and city authorities have started a movement to relieve distress and secure shelter for the homeless. Already offers of aid from outside are pouring in and it is announced all of the burned portion of the city will be rebuilt.

The fire destroyed nearly all of the important business structures in the city with an estimated loss of between $5,000,000 and $6,000,000, and rendered 2,500 persons homeless. Today the city is under martial law while soldiers with loaded rifles are guarding the vaults of banks and trust companies to prevent looting.

It is known that three persons lost their lives, while fifty others were injured. The fact that any of the city was saved is due to the rushing in of experienced firemen from every city in railroad communication with Bangor. These fresh men relieved the worn out Bangor firemen and by 7 o’clock had the flames controlled.

Following is a patial [sic] list of the important buildings destroyed: Morris-Oliver, Stevens, Postoffice [sic], Norombago House, Windsor Hotel, Bangor High School, First Baptist Church, First Universalist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jewish Synagogue, New England Telephone and Telegraph office, Western Union Telegraph office, Postal Telegraph office, Smith Strickland Block (dynamited), Haynes & Chalmers Building, Hodgins Block, Fisk Fairbanks & Company building, Public Library, Bangor Daily News office, Robinson’s drug store, Finnegan Brothers’ undertaking rooms, C. J. Lynch’s market, University of Maine Law School, East Side Pharmacy, Scott tea store, Bangor Cigar Manufacturing Company’s plant, Benoit-Latneau Clothing Company’s store, Farrar Furniture Company’s store, Luplein’s candy factory, C. H. Glass printing office, Kane’s restaurant and Brown & White’s carriage repository.

In addition a number of big lumber yards along the river front caught fire and are still burning. Their contents, mostly dressed lumber of the most expensive kind, will be a total loss.

High winds made the fire fighting difficult and dynamiting had to be resorted to. The actual burned area spreads out from one-eight to one-quarter of a mile, and extends for two miles north along the river from the starting points.

Mayor Mullen, after a survey of the ruins, this morning sent out the following appeal for relief:
“The situation is worse than anybody can realize. More that 200 dwellings have been destroyed and their occupants rendered homeless. Although most of these are people of means, their present need is great. At the same time, many are absolutely destitute as a result of the fire.”

A tour of the city shows that there is hardly a grocery, bakery or restaurant left standing. The food problem is a very serious one.

The Bangor patrols of the Boy Scouts and those from nearby towns came if for much praise today for their manly conduct in offering their services to Mayor Mullen. The youngsters were found available for messenger service and caring for frightened women and girls, and they nobly performed the duties assigned to them.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 1 May 1911