Kimball, WI fire, Apr 1903


Special to The New York Times.

ASHLAND, Wis., April 27. - Kimball, a small town near Hurley, was destroyed by fire from the forest this afternoon. Most of the citizens escaped with only the clothes on their backs, and many of them are homeless and destitute. The loss will be about $25,000.

Forest fires are raging in the vicinity of Ashland, and, fanned by a forty-mile gale, threaten to destroy several towns and burn millions of feet of timber.

Citizens of Bayfield are fighting the fire which is within a short distance of the town. The telephone wires between Ashland and Duluth are down, caused by the fire, and many homesteaders are believed to have been burned out. Six buildings on the farm of Col. Knight, a millionaire, near Ashland, were entirely consumed by fire tonight.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Apr 1903

Residences Burned at Kimball, Wis., and Other Places in Danger from Forest Fires.

Ashland, Wis., April 27. - A fire that broke out this afternoon in a dwelling house at Kimball, a little saw mill town in Iron County, near Hurley, caused $15,000 loss to proeprty. Six residences, homes of laborers, were destroyed with contents. The Northwestern depot caught fire and was totally destroyed together with a car load of lumber. Up to 9 o'clock tonight it is still raging, threatening the Kimball and Clark Lumber company's plant consisting of a saw mill and planing mill and many million feet of lumber. Assistance was asked of Hurley and Ironwood and response made.

Considerable damage was done to the building and stock of Col. J. Knight's farm east of Ashland this evening. Some outbuildings took fire from the forest fires raging near by. Forest fires are raging in the region of Bayfield this evening and reports from that city early in the evening related that the town was in imminent danger of destruction. The residents became alarmed and were in a state of great excitement up to 9 o'clock when rain poured down and arrested the progress of the flames. It is thought that the danger is past. Fores [sic] fires of considerable magnitude have been raging in the woods of Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties most of the day and it is thought that much lumber has been destroyed.

The Grand Forks Daily Herald, Grand Forks, ND 28 Apr 1903