Houston, TX Business District Fire, Feb 1912

HOUSTON, TEX., SWEPT BY DISASTROUS FIRE.

DESTROYS MANUFACTURING AND RESIDENCE SECTION.

STRONG GALE SWEEPS FIRE OVER CITY WIPING OUT FIFTEEN FACTORIES AND NEARLY THREE HUNDRED HOMES.

(By Associated Press.)
Houston, Tex., Feb. 21. -- A fire which broke out here at an early hour today, swept by a 35 mile an hour wind, burned a mile across the city and and an area seven blocks wide. By 7 o'clock the fire is believed to be under control, although still burning. The loss is estimated at five to ten million dollars.
Among the mills, factories and plants totally destroyed or badly damaged are McFADDEN'S warehouse, Southern Compress and Warehouse Co., DEW Bros. Syrup Co., Houston Packing Co., HOUSTON & LIGGETT Lumber Co., REGERS Paint Co., HUDSON Pencil Factory,
E. D. HARRELL Lumber Co., Standard Compress Co., Co-operative Mfg. Co., Acme Mill, St. Patrick's Catholic Church and school, Industrial rice mill and Southern rice mill.
The burned area in the residence district covers at least twenty-five blocks. More than a score of persons were injured, none of whom are thought to be fatally hurt. The fire was gotten under control at Buffalo Bayou. Although the fire leaped the bayou at a number of places, the conflagration was checked.
The latest estimates place the property loss at near the ten million mark. Ten miles of railway switches and tracks were damaged. About 250 homes and stores, both large and small, were burned, and a thousand people rendered homeless. Forty-five thousand bales of cotton stored in the Cleveland compress and McFadden warehouse were destroyed, with a total loss of two and a quarter million. The loss on the two rice mills is estimated at $200,000.

Weekley Democrat Greenville Mississippi 1912-02-22