Portland, OR Victoria Dock Fire, Mar 1903
HEAVY LOSS BY FIRE.
DOCKS AT PORTLAND, ORE., SWEPT TO THE TUNE OF A LOSS ESTIMATED OF $600,000.
Portland, Ore., March 11. -- Fire broke out shortly before noon yesterday on Victoria dock, situated on the east side of the Willimette River just north of the railroad bridge, and burned fiercely for two hours, destroying property, including the dock, of an estimated value of $600,000. The Irving dock, adjoining, together with about 350,000 bushels of wheat was totally destroyed. Several other buildings and about twenty freight cars were destroyed.
The fire department was handicapped badly on account of being able to put water only on one side of the burning dock. The two docks are about 800 feet long by 200 feet deep. It is rumored that the fire was started by a cigarette thrown on the floor.
Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1903-03-11