Eureka, NV Fire, Apr 1879

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 19. - A fire at Eureka, Nevada, last night and this morning, burned half the town, including the heaviest business houses, hotels, newspaper offices, telegraph office, Masonic building and a great number of dwellings. Three hundred families are destitute and 2,000 people without shelter. A relief committee has been organized. The loss is roughly estimated at $1,000,000.

The Salt Lake Weekly Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 26 Apr 1879



Three Hundred Buildings in Ashes, and 2,000 People Homeless.

Property Destroyed to the Amount of Nearly $1,000,000.

[Eureka Sentinel ]

A hurricane was blowing all of Friday and Saturday night. A feeling of insecurity was felt by all. Watchfulness among the property-owners was the rule, and the firemen took extra precautions, their apparatus being in readiness for an emergency. The emergency presented itself, and care, caution and watchfulness were of no avail.

Precisely at midnight, the dreaded cry of "Fire!" rang out on the air, and flames were seen bursting from the rear end of the Opera House, a huge frame building on Bateman street, running through from Buel to Spring streets. The alarm had hardly been given before the whole structure was wrapped in flames, and it was evident that an immense fire would result. A fearful gale blew directly down the canyon and the wind caught the flames on its wings and huried them across the streets, communicating the flames in all directions. Mrs. Beene's dwelling house and the Ashim building, on the opposite corner, were the first to catch, and after these were


the fire spread like a race-horse, leaping from building to building, until it ran its course and died away from want of material to feed upon. The conflagration made a clean track down Spring and Buel streets and the east side of Main street for nearly half a mile, spending its force finally at the foundry and the adobe boarding house close to the Eureka Consolidated mining works. Not a building is left standing in all this area save Paxton & Co's. Bank and the Sentinel's stone job office. The fire crossed Buel street, two or three doors below Ryland's corner, and in a moment the El Dorado building caught, and this doomed the east side of Main street, the immense pile burning with intense heat and fierce rapidity. The firemen made a grand rally and a most gallant fight all the way up the thoroughfare, drenching buildings with a flood of water and contesting every inch step by step, until Robbins street was reached and the danger over in that quarter. Their wonderful efforts and its results can be best appreciated by an examination of the burned awnings, the blistered and scorched fronts and the broken windows that are a rule from the Powder House to the Metamora furnace. Following are the principal


M. B. Bartlett, loss $15,000, insurance $5,000; W. M. Billingmeyer, loss $3,000, insurance $600; Riley & Lockwood, loss $5,000, no insurance; Joe Mendez, loss $15,000, insurance $2,000; Frank Abadie, loss $25,000, no insurance; S. G. Humphreys, loss $3,500, insurance $2,000; A. Dumas, loss $3,500, insurance $1,500; C. Provost, loss $4,000, insurance $1,175; Eureka Foundry, loss $20,000, no insurance; G. A. Fletcher, loss $5,500, insurance $1,750; C. D. Stuart & Co., loss $9,000, insurance $3,600; James Snyder, loss $5,000, no insurance; Bonnetti & Morgantine, loss $30,000, insurance $18,500; S. Goldstone, loss $4,000, no insurance; Hiram Johnson, loss $9,000, insurance $2,000; Dr. Hamilton, loss $1,000, no insurance; Nathan & Co., loss $25,000, insurance $18,000; L. Levsinger, loss $10,000, insurance $3,000; F. O. Swenson, loss $6,000, insurance $3,000; Mrs. Beene, loss $5,500, insurance $1,000; R. Ryland, loss $7,000, insurance $2,500; Oscar Lewis, loss $3,000, no insurance; W. P. Haskell, loss $25,000, insurance $10,000; W. E. Taylor, loss $1,500, no insurance; N. Wescoatt, loss $5,000, no insurance; Frank Doutrick, loss $2,500, no insurance; J. H. Delanaty, loss $5,000, no insurance; W. H. Clard, loss $3,500, do insurance; J. Vanderlaith, loss $6,000, no insuance; Charles Pivor, loss $3,000, no insurance; Mrs. Benedict, loss $5,000, partly insured; Methodist Church and parsonage, loss $5,000, no insurance; J. S. Capron, loss $20,000, insurance $7,500; R. Sadler, loss $2,800, no insurance; Luther Clark, loss $5,000, no insurance; M. H. Joseph, loss $7,500, insurance $3,000; Charles Lantenschlager, loss $18,000, insurance $5,000; Eureka Water Works, loss $3,000, no insurance; M. D. Foley, loss $16,000, insurance $2,250; Mr. Chamblin, loss $5,500, no insurance; Masonic Hall, loss $12,000, insurance $5,000; Geo. Thatcher, loss $20,000, insurance $2,000; Dave Hall, International Hotel, loss $7,000, insurance $3,000; Smith & Scott, loss $7,500, insurance $3,000, no insurance; Cassidy & Skillman, loss $3,000, partly insured; Wm. Zanow, loss $1,200, no insurance; Hiram Crowell, loss $3,500, no insurance; E. C. Jones, loss $3,000, no insurance; C. H. Fiske, loss $14,000, insurance $4,000; J. Kellogg, loss $2,000, no insurance; A. Cazax, loss, $2,500, no insurance; E. D. Dean, loss $3,500, no insurance; Charles A. Knight, loss $5,000, no insurance; Louis Brandt, loss $15,000, no insurance; Charles Cerisas, loss $5,000, no insrance [sic]; O. L. Scott, loss $6,000, insurance $2,500; J. S. Whitton, loss $20,000, insurance $7,000; Mrs. M. Ashim, loss $6,000, insurance $3,500; Mrs. Dan Morgan, loss $4,500, no insurance; Mrs. Julia Brown, loss $1,300, insurance $2,000. The total loss has been estimated as high as $1,000,000, though it will probably fall below that amount.

Daylight had scarcely appeared yesterday morning before prepartations were made to make an addition to what remained of our office, and before night a large canvas house was erected for the use of the compositors.

The work was done by Messrs. Williams and Whitton, and is a standing proof of their energy and enterprise. The losses are variously estimated at from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The Salt Lake Weekly Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 26 Apr 1879