Valley View, TX Fire, Sept 1924

$100,000 Loss In Valley View Fire

Six Brick Store Buildings Are Destroyed In Sunday Evening Blaze.

Special to The News.
Gainesville, Texas, Sept. 7.-Damage of approximately $100,000 was sustained when fire of unknown origin wiped out six brick store buildings, two of them two-story structures, on the east side of the public square at Valley View, ten miles south of Gainesville, late Sunday afternoon. Very little insurance was carried, according to information obtainable Sunday night.

The fire was discovered in the grocery store of J.F. Lowe & Son about 4 o’clock and in less than an hour every building in the block was a mass of flames. Owing to the absence of adequate fire-fighting equipment, aid was summoned from Gainesville, Sanger and Denton. Fire trucks and volunteer firemen from these places responded to the call and upon arrival at Valley View formed bucket brigades, saving a two-story frame residence east of the Guaranty State Bank Building and preventing spread of the flames to that section of town.

Although the debris was still burning shortly after dark, no further spread of the fire is expected. Due to the electric lines from Sanger being severed by the fire, some of the business houses were without lights for while Sunday night.

The property destroyed and approximate losses follows: J.W. Leazer, hardware, furniture, dry goods and undertaking supplies, brick building and metal-covered warehouse, $60,000, partially insured; building belonging to J.F. Lowe, but occupied by Valley View Hotel, $6,500, partly insured; hotel and kitchen equipment owned by T.G. Brownlee $500, most of hotel furnishings saved; J.M. Carver & Son, building owned by J.F. Lowe, loss $3,000, no insurance; Lowe & Son, groceries, $8,000 loss on stock and building, $200 insurance; Farm-labor Union Feed and Produce $2,000, building owned by Dr. C.H. McCuiston, loss $3,000; First Guaranty State Bank, loss on fixtures $2,500, partially insured; upper floor owned by Masonic Lodge, loss on fixtures and building $3,000, insurance $1,600; Miss Edna Overshiner, garage and warehouse $1,000; brick building used as warehouse by J.F. Lowe & Son, $3,000 no insurance.

About ten bales of cotton stored near by caught fire but the fire was extinguished and much other cotton was moved to safety.

This is the third disastrous fire at Valley View within eighteen months, three grain elevators, two large warehouses and the Santa Fe Depot having been destroyed prior to the fire Sunday.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 8 Sept 1924