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The origin of the fire is unknown, it being the opinion of some that it was the work of firebugs. It may have been caused by rats gnawing matches in their nests

reprinted from...
The Hazard Herald, October 12, 1911

 

HAZARD SWEPT BY FLAMES

The Entire Block of Business Houses Opposite
 Court House Square Burned Saturday Morning
 

The Total Loss Estimated by the Losers At $25,000

Saturday Morning at about 3 o’clock Hazard was visited by one of the most disastrous fires in its history. The citizens were awakened by the firing of guns and pistols, and soon the entire population were aroused and hastening to the scene.

The fire was first discovered in the store building of John G. Combs, but had gained such headway that it was impossible to save any part of the large stock of goods. The people worked valiantly to save the merchandise in the adjoining stores of Feltner & Newberry, Campbell Bros. And R. O. Davis, and several thousand dollars worth of goods were saved.

It was evident from the start that every frame in the block, five in number, was doomed to destruction, and every effort was made to save as much of the contents as possible.

The brick building of the First National Bank on the north end of the block, and the brick wall of the Perry County State Bank, on the south, acted as barriers to the red tongues of flames and thus saved the entire business section from destruction. This is the third time within the past five or six years that the First National Bank building has proved to be a barrier against the further progress of flames and saved a portion of the town from ruin. The walls and windows of the bank building were scorched and slightly damaged.

For awhile it was feared that sparks and flying brands would ignite the store buildings occupied by Aus Fields, opposite the First National Bank, and D. Y. Combs’ store building, across from the jail, but by keeping a constant flow of water, furnished by the bucket brigade, and by placing wet quilts and blankets on these buildings, both districts ad