Fire broke in the early morning of January 15th, 1872 at the "Academy". The structure was left with only its stone skeleton remaining. Below is the article written by the Kingston paper. Thanks to Digital Kingston for posting the Kingston paper online. It has made life so much easier.

 

 

Kingston News, 15 Jan 1872, p. 2

 

Special Telegrams

(Per Montreal Telegraph Line)

FIRE AT NEWBURGH

Newburgh, Jan. 15 The Newburgh Academy took fire this morning at 8:30, and burned down. No Insurance. The school will go on without much interruption. The High School will be kept in the basement of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and rooms will be provided for the other departments soon. The cause of the fire is unknown.

 

 

Daily British Whig, 15 Jan 1872, p. 2

 

Napanee, Jan 15 This morning at Newburg, a man employed for starting fires through the Academy of that place, a large and valuable stone construction, after having kindled the fires in the several stoves of the building, he returned to his daily work through the town. Some short time afterwards children beginning to gather round the yard, when someone entering discovered a small flame springing up from the floor. The cry of fire was immediately raised and crowds of people were soon on the ground, but the flames were fast enlarging, and the wood work being of pine, it was soon consumed. The town not being possessed of an Engine of any description, the building was soon rendered past aid of water. Loss about $4500. No insurance. It is supposed that it originated from a spark from one of the stoves. The people of this town sympathize greatly with their neighbor, as she was fast rising to renown. This will be quite a draw back and will be some expense to replace it with another to her home.

Kingston News, 15 Jan 1872, p. 2

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Daily British Whig, 15 Jan 1872, p. 2

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