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Sulphur Springs, TX fire, Aug 1909

SULPHUR SPRINGS FIRE LOSS $20,000

J. R. MANNING'S PLANING MILL AND RESIDENCE DESTROYED. OTHER HOUSES DAMAGED.

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.

Sulphur Springs, Tex., Aug. 21. - A very disastrous fire took place this morning about 10 o'clock, the damaged being estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

The fire started at J. R. Manning's planing mill, having caught on the roof near the smokestack from sparks from the engine.

The planing mill and contents, consisting among other thing of $3,000 worth of cabinets ready to ship to Oklahoma were entirely consumed and J. R. Manning's residence and most of his household goods also an entire loss. There was no insurance on the mill, but some on the residence and furniture.

The houses of the following named persons were damaged: Tom Kirkpatrick, Bob Allen, Mrs. Bettie Bell, Mrs. Garrity, and a number of barns and outhouses caught fire, but by heroic efforts were put out. The burning of the old landmark, the Manning mill, was a spectacle not soon to be forgotten, the great round clouds of black smoke and the flames leaping a hundred and fifty feet high. The volunteer fire company did splendid work, and saved a number of residences from burning by good management.

The town has water for fire purposes. This is the first fire here since the dry spell set in.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Aug 1909

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