Saturday, January 23, 2010

From Jamaica --- Destructive Fire in Kingston --- Loss $2,500,000

By the arrival of the Plantagenet at New York yesterday, we learn of a destructive fire in Kingston, Jamaica, which broke out on the 4th inst. The Fire caught so suddenly, and communicated from street to street with such rapidity, as to cause the belief that it was the work of an incendiary. The flames raged during the whole of Sunday, 6th inst., and until a late hour in the night. Thirty-seven of the largest mercantile houses in the city have been destroyed, and such was the intensity of the fire that the wharves have been burnt to the water’s edge. The loss of property is estimated at £500,000, a very small portion of which was covered by insurance. The disaster has deprived the island of provisions of all kinds, and it is feared that the inhabitants may suffer from want. – Phila. Press, 17th.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, April 22, 1862, p. 2

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