Portsmouth, VA Fire, Mar 1897


A Portsmouth (Va.) Fire, Aided by High Winds, Caused a Heavy Loss.

Norfolk, Va., March 28. - A fire that burned from 12:30 to 6:30 o'clock occurred at Portsmouth this morning and rendered 50 families homeless, besides causing $100,000 property loss. A high north wind swept the flames through half a dozen small residences, and then huge brands were blown across the city to the southward, and at 2 a. m. the steeple of the Catholic Church three blocks away caught fire. In less than half an hour the edifice was in ruins. The flames spread to a row of residences on High street, and while they were burning the flying sparks caused another blaze in Newton, about a mile away.

The Saint Louis Republic, Saint Louis, MO 29 Mar 1897