Fort Worth, TX Business Section Fire, Apr 1909

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CIGARETTE STARTS FIRE.

AND THIRTY-TWO BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS ARE DESTROYED IN FORT WORTH.

ESTIMATE OF THE LOSS.

ONE LIFE SACRIFICED AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RENDERED HOMELESS.

Fort Worth, Tex., April 5. -- Starting in a barn, presumably from a carelessly thrown cigarette, fire Saturday afternoon destroyed property in the southern portion of Fort Worth conservatively estimated in value to the extent of two and a half million dollars, caused the death of one person, J. J. NEWTON, of Krum, Tex., and rendered several thousand persons homeless.
It burned three churches, many of the finest residences in the city -- destroying thirty-two blocks in all -- and laid low the roundhouse and other buildings of the Texas & Pacific railroad, which also lost fourteen locomotives and several hundred freight cars. Firefighters from Dallas and Weatherford lent futile aid, the fire being checked only when it reached a large vacant space.
At Oak Cliffs, a suburb of Dallas, Tex., sixty-four residences and a sanitarium were burned, causing a loss of $250,000. Fourteen blocks of residences were completely swept.

Hopkinsville Kentuckian 1909-04-06