Hastings, MN fire, Dec 1899

BUSINESS BLOCKS BURNED

Disasterous Fire Occurs in Hastings, Minn. - Loss Is Estimated at Two Hundred Thousand Dollars.

Hastings, Minn., Dec. 25. - Nearly three blocks of buildings in the business portion of the town were burned today, with a loss of $200,000. The fire was supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. It broke out in the sawmill of R. C. Lobby & Co., and the entire plant, with planing mill, storehouses, lumber, offices, sheds, etc., were consumed. One million and a half feet of upper grade lumber was also burned.

A strong northwest wind was blowing and the flames spread rapidly. Mayor Fred Busch wired the mayor of St. Paul for aid and two steamers and supply wagons were sent down and aided in subduing the progress of the flames. St. John's Hotel was destroyed. Sparks set fire to the roof of the courthouse, the Choice of the Guardian Angels and other structures and residences across Vermillion street, but were extinguished with little damage.

Many people are thrown out of employment and others are rendered homeless.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 26 Dec 1899