Greenville, NC Opera House Fire, May 1899


Greenville, N. C., May 5. -- Fire started at 10 o'clock last night in the upper floor of the two-story building occippied by E. M. CHEEK as a bar room. An entertainment was in progress at the Opera House at the time, and the people rushed out almost panic stricken. The fire raged two hours before it could be gotten under control. Both sides of Main Street, from the corner of Fourth Street to Bank Street on the west side, and to two doors below the King House on the east side, were swept clean. Twenty-five stores and offices, including the King House, were destroyed. The total loss is estimated at from $100,000 to $150,000, with about $40,000 insurance.

The New York Times New York 1899-05-06