Larimour, ND Town Fire, June 1882



St. Paul, Minn., June 29. -- A Larimour (Dakota Territory) special has the following: "A fire broke out in the Union Hotel in this city a little before 8 o'clock this morning and rapidly spread to the surrounding buildings. The building is totally destroyed by fire or pulled down to prevent the conflagration from spreading. The buildings are:
ALDER'S store.
FLINT'S saloon.
AMES'S block.
Dewdrop Saloon.
SHONER & WRIGHT'S feed store.
JOHNSON'S new store.
The COLEMAN House.
LYNCH'S barber shop.
NEVIORS & EASTON'S hardware store.
S. E. SHUTES & Co.'s store.
J. C. STRATHER'S boarding house.
O. J. ROBINSON'S yards and shop.
OSBORN & WRIGHT'S dry goods.
HANSON'S grocery.
The COMA Saloon.
The loss is about $50,000. There was a small insurance on most of the buildings. Hundreds of homeless people were turned out in this morning's rains, and goods are scattered all over the prairie. The fire was got under control about 5 A.M. The high wind prevailing threatened the total destruction of the town. The fire originated in the Union House, which was full of people. DAN SMITH, a carriage maker, formerly of Liverpool, Ontario, tried to jump from a window of the hotel, but struck on the sash, and his face and arm were burned to a blister. He reports that there were six or seven burned to death who were in the hotel trying to escape from the windows. His wounds were dressed and he was sent to Grand Forks by the morning train. W. D. KENDRICK, an ice dealer of this city, is known to be quite badly burned and bruised. He fell two and a half stories, but it is thought that neither his injuries nor those of DANIEL SMITH will prove fatal. FRANK HARRIS, from Woodstock, Ill., is known to be lost, but his remains are not yet recovered. A woman and child are also reported to be burned to death. Twenty buildings in all, including stores, hotels, and saloons, were destroyed.
The property was about half covered by insurance, principally in the German-American and in the Phoenix of London. There was no fire apparatus, and hence the wide-spread destruction. Everything will be rebuilt. Larimour is one of the new towns on the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad. It is only five months old, and buildnigs are all of a somewhat temporary character.

The New York Times New York 1882-06-30