Marfa, TX Business District Fire, Aug 1920

Marfa, Texas Fire Aug 1920


MARFA, Texas, Aug.5. -- A large part of the business district of Marfa was destroyed by fire yesterday morning.  The loss is estimated at $30,000.  Ten business houses were destroyed. One soldier was overcome by heat and badly injured.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 5 Aug 1920



Special to The News.

Marfa, Texas, Aug. 4 -- A large part of the business district of this down was destroyed early this morning by fire, which originated in the Williams vulcanizing shop and accessory store and which spread to ten other places of business and residences before the blaze could be halted.  The lost is estimated at $30,000, partly covered by insurance.

The fire, which caught Marfa without adequate fire protection, was prevented from wiping out the whole business district and a number of blocks of residences by efficient work of the Fifth Cavalry soldiers, under the command of Colonel Holbrook.  After two hours of hard work with a bucket brigade and the army extinguishers the fire was halted.

One soldier was overcome by heat and another badly injured when he fell from a burning building.

Besides the Williams vulcanizing shop other places destroyed or damaged were as follows:

Hoffman & McDaniel saddle shop, two store buildings owned by Mrs. Lizzie Crossons, residence of Mrs. R. H. Kennedy, office of Magnolia Oil Corporation, Busy Bee Confectionery, Marfa telephone office, Marfa National Bank, damaged; Mead & Metcalf law offices slightly damaged, and Anderson jewelry store, slightly damaged.

As soon as the fire was under control military officials threw a cordon of soldiers along the main streets of the city, protecting damaged merchandise and other property.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 5 Aug 1920