Blairsville, PA Flour Mill Fire, Jul 1888

Fire at Blairsville.

We are indebted to the Blairsville Enterprise, for the account of the burning of Capt. Healy’s flouring mill. “Between the hours of two and three o’clock yesterday morning, Blairsville citizens were awakened from their slumbers by the cry of fire, and on repairing to the scene found the flouring mill enveloped in flames. In a few minutes after the ringing of the alarm the fire company appeared on the ground and three streams of water were turned on the mill and adjacent buildings. From the first no hope was entertained of saving the mill. Only to the complete system of water works and an efficient fire department can be attributed the fact that the disaster was no greater, as the mill was within thirty or forty feet of other frame buildings.

Mr. Healy estimates his loss, which was total, there being no insurance, at from $8,000 to $10,000. Messrs, Findley & McIntyre, who had the mill leased, had an insurance of $2,000 on stock, which they say will not near cover their loss. Mr. Healy’s loss leaves him in a bad shape financially, and to add to his misfortunes he has, for a considerable length of time, been unable to do any work on account of rheumatism.

Indiana Progress, Indiana, PA 1 Aug 1888