A Disastrous fire at Demossville last night totally destroyed the dwelling, store-house and tobacco warehouse of Mr. J. M. Stephens, and also the residence of Dr. McGill. The buildings were of frame and the warehouse contained a quantity of tobacco. The loss can not fall short of about $10,000 or $15,000 for Stephens, $700 of which is covered by insurance in the Aetna. Dr. McGill's residence was uninsured. The fire was evidently the work of an incendiary, as a lot of cotton saturated with turpentine was discovered piled against the warehouse where the flames first broke out.
from the Covington newspaper The Ticket on July 18, 1876 (“Always Independent, Seldom Indifferent”)