Wilbraham, MA Wesleyan Academy Dormitory Fire, Sept 1857

LARGE FIRE IN WILBRAHAM.----A fire broke out in the boarding house of the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, on Tuesday evening, which resulted in the destruction of the building. It had been erected at an expense of $70,000. The building was 284 feet front, and 44 feet deep, with a wing running back 140 feet. The students succeeded in saving the most of their baggage, and the loss, therefore, more than that of the building, is not severe. The loss is quite severe for the society, as but $20,000 of the value of the building was covered by insurance.---Springfield Argus, 30th.

New Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, Concord, NH 7 Oct 1857


FIRE AT WILBRAHAM.---The newly erected dormitory of Wesleyan Academy, at Wilbraham, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening. It was nearly completed, and was to have been finally taken possession of to-day, (Wednesday.) It was 284 feet in length by 44 feet in width, with a wing running back 140 feet. It cost $70,000, and was insured for $20,000 at one of the Springfield offices. The fire was discovered at about 7½ o'clock, and proceeded from a large pile of shavings stored beneath the main tower, and is supposed to have been the result of spontaneous combustion.

The Pittsfield Sun, Pittsfield, MA 1 Oct 1857


DISASTROUS FIRE AT WILBRAHAM, MASS. ----On the 29th ult. the seminary boarding-house of the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, Mass., was destroyed by fire. The building was just completed at an expense of $70,000, and was insured for $20,000. It was a handsome structure, 281 feet in length, 41 in width, with a wing running back 110 feet.

The Sun, Baltimore, MD 3 Oct 1857