Haskell, TX Fire, Jan 1952

Loss $83,000 In Haskell Fire

HASKELL, Texas, Jan. 10. (AP)—A fire which raged through five stores and four offices here Thursday morning caused damage estimated at $83,000.

The 3 hour long blaze started in a cotton brokerage office and quickly spread to a dry goods store, a shoe store and a dress shop on the northeast corner of the country courthouse square. Volunteer firemen from Haskell and nearby rule brought the fire under control.

Offices in the second story of two of the buildings were also damaged, firemen reported.

Firemen said the fire started when a porter, Tom Wiley, tried to light a gas stove in the brokerage office. Wiley said “it all fired up” and the fire was kindled by cotton samples in the room.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Jan 1952