Reprint of similar Bunker Hill News article on Jan. 10, 2013 blog posting at https://bunkerhillhistory.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-fires-of-bunker-hill.html
From Bunker Hill Revisited Volumes - One and Three
Pictured: Washington St., as viewed from the Opera House corner. Sanford's south wall on right.
The fire January 23, 1880, originated in Sanford's Grocery Store on the same ground. The damage on the fire proper footed up $12,000. The insurance was fair.
The local fire company did noble work with the fire engine, chemical, and new extinguishers and were nobly seconded by many of our people. To such effort is due the arrest of the fire at the Johnston block and the saving of the business property on the east side of Washington Street.
As near as can be ascertained the fire losses were $75,000. This includes damage to buildings and stocks not destroyed.,