Canton, MD Lightning Caused Fire, Aug 1897

FIRED BY LIGHTNING.

DOCKS, LUMBER YARD, WAREHOUSES AND VESSELS BURNED IN BALTIMORE.

By Northern Associated Press.
Baltimore, Aug. 15. -- During a severe thunder storm here this afternoon lightning struck the weathervane over the Tunis company's lumber yard at Canton and descending to the shaving shop set it on fire. In an instant the flames spread to the lumber and the mass of wood blazed furiously.
The entire department was called out and the firemen worked hard to prevent the flames from spreading to adjoining property. The wind carried the burning faggots and in spite of their efforts the immense licorice warehouse owned by the T. S. Young company caught fire and communicated to the McCorker dry dock.
Near this were the two masted schooner Cadet and the old United States revenue cutter Guthrie. These, with the licorice warehouse, were destroyed, while only a part of the dry dock was saved. The loss will amount to $200,000.

Syracuse Standard New York 1897-08-16