Winsted, CT Business Section Fire, Jan 1889

Winstead CT Camp block fire 1888 Winsted CT Fire 1888

$45,000 LOSS AT WINSTED, CONN.

THE WHITING AND THE CAMP AND LEE BLOCKS BURNED.

Waterbury, Conn., Jan. 24. -- A dispatch to the American from Winsted says:
"Fire broke out in the store of Lamphear & Alford in Whiting's block here at 4 o'clock this morning. At the time of discovery it had been burning half an hour, and a disastrous delay of the steamer, which was an hour getting water on, resulted in the block being gutted before the firemen could check the flames.
The Whiting and the Camp and Lee blocks, the last of which is occupied by Lee's drug store, will be entirely destroyed. The fire officials have telegraphed to Suprintendent Beach of the Naugatuck Road for a special train to bring the Torrington fire department here.
Later -- The Torrington fire engine arrived here at 7:30, too late to be of any service. The places burned out besides Whiting's and the Camp and Lee block are Camp's block, Apothecaries' Hall, variety store, Belden's photographic gallery, and Birch's jewelry store.
The fire was the most destructive Winsted has ever experienced. The total loss is said to be between $35,000 and $45,000.

Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1889-01-24