Eureka, NV fire Aug 1880




SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18. - Owing to the destruction of the telegraph office and lines, news regarding the conflagration at Eureka, Nev., has been delayed. This evening dispatches came through giving further particulars and a partial list of losses, from which the following is ascertained: About 10 o'clock yesterday morning an alarm of fire was sounded, and a dense quantity of smoke was seen to issue from the rear of Mrs. Poplin's fruit and vegetable store, in Main-street, just south of Odd-fellows Hall. In two minutes several wooden buildings in the immediate vicinity were enveloped in flames. The fire seemed to make unprecedented headway from the very start. The wind was blowing a gale from the southward, and continued to blow as it can blow only in these mountain canons, until the flames had run their course. The fire backed up against the wind on the southward to Gold-street, crossing Buel, and in turn reaching to Spring and Paul streeets, its courseand scope being almost identical with the great conflagration of April, 1879. It went a little further south and stopped a little short of the old mark on the north. Possibly 300 houses, many of them business establishments were destroyed, also some of the finest private residences in town. A space equal to 50 acres, in the heart of the town, was swept away. In this area only a half-dozen buildings remain. The Leader offices, Odd-fellows' Hall, theatre, International Hotel, A. M. Hillhouse's elegant residence, and the Methodist church were among the buildings destroyed. The Jackson House was gutted, though still standing, and the International is melted almost level with the ground. The entire line of buildings on the west side of Maine-street is charred and many of them badly damaged.

The exact origin of the fire is not known. The first any one knew, the flames were on the premises already noted. When the fire had got beyond control, a scene ensued which beggars all attempts and description. Hundreds of men, women, and children were fleeing in all directions for safety, some bearing with them articles of personal or household goods. Those on the lines of Spring and Paul streets scaled the mountain to the eastward, while persons further down the flat sought refuge in the direction of Mob Hill. In the meantime drays and wagons were dashing around in the utmost confusion to bear property from the doomed district. Finally the sun went down on the stricken and exhausted people. The Sentinel roughly estimates the losses at $750,000, covered by about $150,000 insurance. The Sentinel thinks there must be suffering among the poor families and calls for a meeting to-day to organize a relief committee.

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Aug 1880