1856 Fire

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Destructive Fire in Williamstown. — A fire broke out in Williamstown, Grant county, Kentucky, which, aided by a high wind, swept away the best portion of the town. The fire commenced on the premises of Samuel Marksberry, and extending thence, destroyed twenty-two houses besides stables and out buildings, and a large quantity of goods, furniture, provisions, &c. A high wind prevailing at the time, the spread of the fire was so rapid that in many instances goods and household furniture that had been taken from the houses and placed in the streets or on vacant lots, were swallowed up by the devouring element before they could again be removed. The loss is estimated at $70,000. The only insurance was on N. C. Tunis' house and goods about $5,000.

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Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 11, Number 1622, June 6,1856