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Rye Beach, NH Marden House Fire, Aug 1912



The most serious fire for years at Rye Beach and one that threatened several nearby costly summer residences, occurred early this morning when the Marden House, one of the best hotels on the New Hampshire coast, burned to the ground. The hotel, a three-story structure located on Sea Road, Allen's Corner, took fire shortly after two o'clock in a shed used for the storage of automobiles and spread to the barn, ice house and main building, which are all connected.
The guests were quickly awakened and began removing what they could from their rooms. People occupying the front part of the hotel managed to save about everything as the fire was some time in reaching that part of the hotel. Between fifty and a hundred guests were at the house and assisted in getting out a lot of the furniture.
The auto chemical and crew, with Chief RANDALL, were called and did good work in saving several of the nearby valuable summer homes which were threatened as the flames reached the main building. The guests of the several hotels and the townspeople assisted greatly in this work. The guests were taken in by several of the people who occupy cottages nearby and the Farragut and Sea View.
The hotel was purchased last year from the HORTON D. MARDEN estate by JOHN EDMUNDS, formerly of the Puritan Hotel, Boston, and MRS. GRACE B. DENNISON, also of Boston. The loss is estimated at $20,000 and is covered by insurance. The new owners had established a good business at the Marden and it was known as one of the bust summer resorts on the New Hampshire coast.

The Portsmouth Herald New Hampshire 1912-08-17

article | by Dr. Radut