- Correspondence news found
in the Friday January 10, 1874 Crestline Advocate.
- Jottings from our Shelby Local.
- Shelby, Ohio., Jan. 8, 1874
- On last Sunday night about
half past nine oclock, our citizens were startled by the
alarm of fire, which proved to be the Coltman Block. The building
was a large three story frame, situated on Main street in the
business portion of the town. The entire building was consumed,
together with a large amount of goods in the several stores.
- The Fire Department was Promptly
on hand, but the fire spread so rapidly, that it was impossible
to save the building, and the attention of those present were
turned to saving the buildings adjoining, which was accomplished
after four hours of incessant and untiring labor. It was by the
greatest exertions that the house and barn of Mr. Earland were
kept from being consumed, being situated not ten feet from the
burning building. Wet blankets were kept on the roof, and water
thrown from the juvenile engine. Great credit is due the ladies,
who worked the engine, and also to Mr. John Dempsey, Chief Engineer,
for the able manner in which the fire was managed. The Crestline
Fire Department was telegraphed for but the fire was under control
when they arrived.
- The losses as near as we can
learn are: F. S. Robertson, hardware store, loss $10,000, insurance
$5,000; M. Leibenthal clothing, $3,000, no insurance, Merchants
Hotel, Wm. Sipe, proprietor, $6,000, no insurance; J. Dempsey,
loss on building, $8,000, insurance, $500; S. Coltmam, loss $5,000,
- Submitted by Mr. Kim Butler