Coudersport, PA Fire, Mar 1880


A special dispatch to the Bradford (Penn.) Era from Coudersport, Potter County, Penn., says:

"At 3 o'clock this afternoon a fire broke out in a rear room of the Stebbins Brothers' establishment, used for storing oil. The town is without water supply or fire apparatus, and nothing could be done to check the fire, which spread rapidly. By 5 o'clock every store, dwelling and place of business in town, with the exception of the Court-house, Baker's Hotel, Mann's insurance office, and the Journal printing office, was in ashes. About 40 buildings were destroyed, and the loss is estimated at $200,000, on which there is an insurance of $75,000. No lives are reported lost." A later dispatch from Coudersport confirms the report of the burning of all the business places, and reduces the number of dwellings destroyed. The latter were mostly isolated from the business centre.

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 May 1880