Atlantic City, NJ Fire, Apr 1902

A Dozen Hotels and Over a Score of Small Buildings Gone LOSS MAY EXCEED $1,000,000
Crowd Cut Off by Flames on Pier Rescued by Boats
Firemen and Engines Sent from Philadelphia and Camden — Troops and Police Guard Burned Area — Many Looters Arrested
Special to The New York Times.

ATLANTIC CITY, April 3 — Fire of unknown origin destroyed property estimated at more than $1,000,000 here to-day in the most valuable section of the city. The track of the fire burned all of that portion
from the boardwalk between Illinois Avenue and South Carolina Avenue, extending back toward Pacific Avenue 250 feet.
In addition Young's Pier, at the foot of Tennessee
Avenue, was damaged and a large part of it will have to be rebuilt. It was the most destructive fire the city has ever known, and it was only due to the arrival companies were totally unable to cope with
the demands upon them.
The fire was under control before 3 o'clock this afternoon, and to-night the ruined district is being patrolled by Company L of the Third Regiment, National Guard of New Jersey, and the Morris Guards, an Independent military organization, who turned out to aid the police.
The City Council met to-night, and decided to start rebuilding the board walk tomorrow morning, and the continuous four-mile promenade is expected to be intact by Sunday.

April 1, 1902 edition of The New York Times