Gadsden, AL Fire, Jun 1882

GADSDEN, Ala., June 17. -- Sixteen business houses burned this morning. Loss, $50,000; insurance, $10,000.

Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 17 Jun 1882

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FIRE AT GADSDEN, ALA.

GADSDEN, ALA., June 17. -- Sixteen business houses were burned this morning, inflicting a loss of $50,000; insurance $10,000. R. B. Kyle lost six store-houses, worth $5,000, on which there is no insurance. M. McCartney, J. H. Kinnebrew, A. J. Douthit, W. W. Stevenson, N. W. Whisenot, W. P. Powers and K. W. Fulghum are the other principal losers. Great exertions were required to prevent the spread of the flames to the Baptist and Methodist churches.

The Macon Telegraph and Messenger, Macon, GA 18 Jun 1882

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On June 19, 1882, two days after the most disastrous fire in the City's history to that date, the City Council met to set fire limits and encourage the organization of a fire company. Before the month was out Gadsden had its first organized fire department, Etowah Fire Company No. 1.

History of the Gadsden Fire Department from the cityofgadsden.com

http://www.cityofgadsden.com/Default.asp?ID=265