Manchester, NH Fire, Jul 1870


Six Acres of Buildings Burned in Manchester, N.H.----Two Hundred Families Rendered Homeless --

Manchester, N.H., July 8. At 2 o’clock o’clock [sic] this morning a fire broke out in one of the buildings in the rear of the Merchants’ Exchange, and swept through the wooden buildings in that section and soon enveloped nearly all the locality between Elm and Chestnut streets, and between Hanover street on the north and the back street between Manchester and the Merrimack on the south. The fire originated in a room occupied by DRAKE & CARPENTER, coffee and spice dealers, and unquestionably caught from a roaster, which ignited the dry wood-work and communicated to the adjacent buildings many of which were wood. The area burned over is from five to six acres. The amount of property destroyed in not far from $250,000, on which there is about $125,000 insurance. The number of families thrown out of their homes are not less than 200, and some put the number much higher. There has been no loss of life, as far as known, and no one was seriously injured. After the fire had raged more than an hour the wind lulled and it rained freely, which had a great influence in arresting the progress of the fire. Hon. E. W HARRINGTON is probably the largest individual loser. The Masonic Temple, owned by him and Dr. S. W. JONES. was worth $50,000 and was insured for about $20,000. Messrs. HARRINGTON & JOHNSON’S loss is about $6,000; they are partially insured. J. G. A. SARGENT’S loss is $10,000; insured for $3,600. JOHN B. CLARK, proprietor of the Daily Mirror, whose office was partially destroyed, estimates his loss at $10,000, on which he has $8,000 insurance. The First Baptist Church, corner of Chestnut and Manchester streets, was among the buildings burned, loss, $12,000. A large number of mechanics and tradesmen were among the sufferers by the fire.

The New York Times, New York, NY 8 July 1870