NINE BUILDINGS ARE DESTROYED BY FIRE WITH $150,000 LOSS
Fire Started in Drug Store After Safe is Cracked and Robbed of Undetermined Amount
Dec. 29 - What is thought to be a robbery resembling that of Valley
View was committed early today at Pottsboro, eight miles west of here,
when nine buildings were completely destroyed by fire. The loss
is estimated at $150,000.
safes in some of the burned structures give evidence of having been
opened by robbers. Among the buildings destroyed are Odd Fellows Hall,
fire originated in a drug store and was discovered shortly before 6
o'clock. The loss...four brick buidings and five frame buildings.
safes in two buildings appear to have been tampered with and in other
establishments the heat from the ruins made it impossible determine
whether the safes there had been blown. The combinations were
knocked off two safes and rear doors of two drug stores were found open.
rushed apparatus from Denison as a heavy wind carrying dying embers to
the residential section of Pottsboro. The M-K-T Railway Company
rushed water to the scene in tank cars from Denison.
FLAMES PREVENT INVESTIGATION
noon, the flames, according to a telephone message, prevented a
thorough investigation but from the condition of the safes in various
stores seen earlier in the stage of the fire it is thought that robbers
plied their trade and then fired the buildings.
The postoffice building was not touched by fire and the safe unmolested but rear doors of the building had been broken open.
Firemen and police, rushed from Denison, declared safes in two establishments had been tampered with and rear doors opened.
NO EXPLOSION HEARD
no explosion was heard nor were invaders seen or heard, citizens agreed
with the police and fire officials that the safes had been opened and
the buildings fired. It is stated the robbers entered the town,
robbed the safes, fired the business section and departed while
citizens slept, unaware of the depredations.
are at a loss to understand why the two banks on the opposide section
of the business section were not entered but believe that the robbers
found it more plausible to rob the east section of the town and
Fourth Town Robbed
Dec. 29 - Fire set by bandits destroyed nine buildings in downtown
Pottsboro early this morning with a loss of $150,000.
The blaze was started in the Long Drug Company store where the safe was cracked and robbed of an undetermined amount of loot.
is the fourth bandit casualty in two weeks. The business section
fo Valley View was robbed and fired two weeks, and 10 days later
Britton and Paradise were virtually sacked.
Five frame and four brick structures were destroyed this morning.
H.C. POTTS OF THIS CITY LOST $20,000 IN POTTSBORO FIRE
Potts, 1113 North Locust Street, Denton, who owned six of the buildings
burned in the fire at Pottsboro early Monday, said that his loss was
$20,500. Mr. and Mrs. Potts were in Pottsboro for the holidays
and returned from there Sunday evening.
loss in the fire, he said he learned through a telephone communication,
included three brick buildings and three frame buildings on the east
side of the square. Two of these buildings house a grocery and a
dry goods store, both of which belonged to him.
addition to his buildings one stone structure and two frame buildings
also were burned. The businesses destroyed included a barber
shop, a restaurant, two drug stores, a grocery and a dry goods store as
well as the Masonic and I.O.O.F. lodge buildings.
west side of the square, according to Potts, was burned last August and
the fire Monday morning left only about six buisness buildings in the
town. The fire is said to have originated in one of the drug
town of Pottsboro received its name from the Potts family of which Mrs.
H.C. Potts is a member. H.C. Potts, however, was not a member of
this family altho he has made his home there for the past 20 years.