Uniontown, PA Fire, Jul 1898

BLAZE THREATENS ALL OF UNIONTOWN

Worst Fire in the Town’s History Wrecks Great Monetary Destruction

MANY TENANTS’ LOSSES

At One Time Fifty Buildings Were on Fire and Entire Business Portion Was in Danger.

Special to The Inquirer.

UNIONTOWN, July 2.—The worst fire in the town’s history this afternoon destroyed the Wilson Building, occupied by George Roth’s department store and a dozen families, and gutted the building adjoining owned by A. L. Moser, occupied by Moser & Springer’s drug store and R. E. Springer’s residence.

It also damaged the Weinger block and the stock of Charles Hagan and half a dozen other tenants and Frey & Gilmore’s. It was a stubborn fire and at one time fifty buildings were on fire.

All the business section of the town was threatened with destruction and the Connellsville fire department was called on. They came here in time to be of service. The fire lasted four hours. Losses aggregate $125,000, with insurance of about $55,000.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 3 Jul 1898