Antrim, PA Fire, May 1884

Antrim, May 3, 1884. --This town has been in quite a commotion for the past few days, on account of the fires which broke out in the surrounding woods on Thursday.

The Company had a large quantity of valuable props in the woods ready for removal to the mines, but, unfortunately, before danger was suspected about 2,000 of them were destroyed. The fire raged quite fiercely for some time; but the wind abated and the fire got under control and no further damage was anticipated.

On Friday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock the wind was very high, and the smouldering embers of the fires of the night before were quickly fanned into a flame. In a short time the flames began to be seen on all sides, and the air was filled with dense smoke. As yet no real danger to any of the buildings was anticipated, but towards noon the flames began to creep rapidly toward the houses on Morris street and Rock row. In spit of all that could be done three of the houses on Morris street were soon in a blaze, and the people living in these and the neighboring houses were busily saving all they could from the flames.

At this time it was thought that the whole street would be destroyed, but fortunately the wind veered a little to the southwest and thus averted the impending danger. The miners were summoned from their work, and by the diligent use of buckets they kept the fire from the rest of the houses. Nearly all the houses in that neighborhood were stripped of furniture, the mouth of one of the mines being filled with it. The scene reminded one of the ejection of the French settler from Acadia.

In battling the flames the women worked nobly as well as the men. A dispatch was sent to Wellsboro for help, and the firemen arrived in good time with their apparatus; but the fire was then under control, and their services were not require. Their prompt response to the summons was appreciated, however. The families burned out were those of Patrick Flynn, David Hurley and John Higgins. Flynn was the greatest sufferer, as he lost nearly all his effects.

The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, PA, 6 May 1884

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A dispatch was received at this borough about noon Friday from Antrim, calling for help from the Fire Department. This mining town is also closely surrounded by woods, and many of the inhabitants fully expected to be homeless before nightfall. The authorities of this borough sent the engine and hose cart with a crew of men to the scene by special train. At the Summit the train ran a gauntlet of fire in the forest and reached Antrim to find three dwelling burned and the fire under control.

The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, PA, 6 May 1884