Hampton Beach, NH Huge Town Fire, Sep 1915
DYNAMITE USED TO STOP $250,000 FIRE.
SEVENTY-FIVE BUILDINGS DESTROYED AT HAMPTON BEACH, N. H., DURING THE NIGHT.
Hampton Beach, N. H., Sept. 24. -- Fire, starting in a box of rubbish, destroyed more than seventy-five buildings and caused a loss estimated at $250,000 in the most crowded part of this summer resort before the flames were checked by dynamite last night. About forty-five buildings, including five hotels, two theaters, business blocks and scores of cottages were leveled. The water supply lasted only an hour and not until help arrived from neighboring places were the flames checked after burning over a completely built area of two acres.
Among the hotels destroyed was the Ashworth house, the most pretentious on the beach, built at a cost of $60,000 two years ago. The other hotels lost were the Janvrin, Grand View, Lawrence and De Lancey. The new Olympic theater and the Strand theater, which cost $30,000, CLARK'S bath house, the Ferncroft dance hall, the Jenkins block, and the L. C. Ring block were among the other important structures burned.
The Syracuse Herald New York 1915-09-24