Fire broke out just after lunch on Wednesday April 23rd, 1902 and by the end of the day several buildings in Newburgh had been destroyed. Below is the article written by the Kingston paper. Thanks to the Napanee Archives for helping me find the date of the fire. Thanks to Digital Kingston for posting the Kingston paper online. It has made life so much easier.




Several Buildings Destroyed on Wednesday

Wednesday afternoon the report that Newburgh was on fire caused quite an excitement for a time, until it was learned that the fury of the flames had consumed only Burgoyne’s mill, E. W. Stickney’s old foundry and a barn on the north side of the Napanee river. It was a terrible day for a fire and citizens say that it was just such a day some fifteen years ago that the whole village was laid waste.

Fuller Particulars

About one o'clock flames were noticed issuing from the cupola of J. F. Burgoyne’s roller mill. A high west wind was blowing and in very few minutes the mill was a mass of flames and the fire was spreading rapidly eastward. Two implement storehouses belonging to E. W. Stickney, agricultural implement manufacturer, were directly in the path of the fire and were soon victims of, the devouring element. Then James Farley's wood shop was gutted and was q total loss along with a lot of valuable lumber, stored in the building. In the meantime the flames had leaped the river and threatened Mr. Stickney’s main foundry establishment. By heroic work, however, on the part of the scores of men at hand this building was saved. A third store-room, however, containing many valuable machine patterns, was destroyed and considerable wood and yard material. So strong was the wind that the flames were carried over half a mile over the hill to farm buildings and the barn of M, Gehan caught fire and was soon level with the ground. Ten tons of pressed hay were consumed, here, along with George P. Perry’s hay press. The losses will be considerable. Mr. Burgoyne is fully covered by $4,000 insurance. Mr. Stickney estimates his loss at $5,000, with$3,100 insurance. Mr. Farley had only $250 on shop and contents and is a loser to the extent of as much more. Mr. Gehan had an insurance of $800 on barn, but contents are a total loss.

A number of near-by buildings had a very narrow escape. Had the wind been from any other quarter Newburgh would have suffered such a scorching as she received fourteen years ago. The fire emphasizes very strongly the need of some suitable fire protection in the village.