Alexandria, VA Smoot and Fields Lumber Yards Fire, May 1909


Three Blocks in Blaze With a Loss of $500,000.

By United Press.

Washington, D. C. May 13--A big fire is raging in Alexandria, Va., just across the river from Washington. It started in the lumber yards of Smoot & Co., and spread to H. K. Fields’ lumber yard. At noon the fire is still burning over three blocks and at that time loss was estimated at half a million dollars.

The Washington fire department was appealed to for assistance and sent engines to the scene.

Evening Times, Cumberland, MD 13 May 1909



Alexandria Va., May 12.--In a spectacular fire whose flames and smoke was plainly visible from the national capital last night upward of $200,000 worth of property, close to the river front of the city was destroyed. The principal losers were the planning mill and lumber yard of W. A. Smoot and Company, whose loss is between $59,000 and $100,000, and the lumber yard of Henry K. Field and Company about $50,000. There also was destroyed three frame dwellings and a brick house.

Lima Times Democrat, Lima, OH 12 May 1909