Rochester, NY Windsor Beach Fire, Oct 1908

36 Cottages Burned.

Flames Sweep Windsor Beach, on Lake Ontario.

Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 31.-Thirty-six cottages at Windsor Beach, a Summer resort of Rochester on lake Ontario, about seven miles from the city, were destroyed by fire between 3 and 5 o’clock this afternoon, entailing a loss estimated at $117,000. The cottages formed a street along the lake front, and only four in the street were saved. All of the cottages were owned by Rochester citizens. The loss includes the contents of the cottages and about $4,000 worth of tent outfits.

The fire started from and oil heater in an old frame cottage, and, as there were no faculties for fighting fire and a high wind was blowing, it spread with remarkable rapidity. Fire fighting apparatus from the village of Charlotte, across the Genesee River from Windsor Beach, and a steamer hose company from Rochester were taken to the fire, but the means of obtaining water were so poor and the apparatus so inadequate to cope with such a fire that practically nothing was accomplished in the way of checking it.

The New York Times, New York, NY 1 Nov 1908