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Hampton Beach, NH Fire, Jun 1921 - Partially Destoryed


Fire Razes 6 Hotels, 40 Cottages and Many Business Building.

HAMPTON, BEACH, N. H., June 26.---The business and residential section of Hampton Beach, one of New England's popular summer resorts, was virtually destroyed by fire early today, causing damage variously estimated at from three hundred thousand to five hundred thousand dollars. No one was injured. Defective wiring is believed to have been the cause.

The fire burned six hotels, from 35 to 40 cottages, a theatre, a garage, several stores and the post office. Help was summoned from five nearby towns.

Starting in the Strand hotel, the flames spread rapidly through the main section of the resort.

The Bridgeport Telegram, Bridgeport, CT 27 Jun 1921


Hampton Beach, NH Fire, Jun 1921

This fire covered an area of seven or eight acres and the losses aggregated fully as much as in 1915, for all the business places were stocked for the opening of the 1921 season and the buildings were more substantial than those destroyed six years previously. Before the 1921 ruins were done smoking, the Chamber of Commerce had caused a great sign to be erected in front of the ruins near the head of B street. On it, in letters two feet high had been painted the old slogan of the Salvation Army, "Down, But Not Out!" And under that in even larger letters: "Watch Us Grow!"

Great Fires Of 1915 and 1923, "Our Town"
By James W. Tucker, Thursday, January 31, 1952, from the Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, New Hampshire

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