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Title: A Big Fire
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Last Sunday morning between the hours of 3 and 4 o'clock the barn of Mrs. Mary A. Spencer, widow of the late Moses H. Spencer, of Pine township, about four miles north of Rainsville, was discovered by Mrs. S. to be on fire. She at once gave the alarm by ringing the farm bell, which many of the neighbors distinctly heard, but thinking it was for an early breakfast, no one came to the rescue till it had been rung some two or three times. When help did come it was too late and the barn was wholly enveloped in flames and the roof falling in. A quantity of hay was destroyed; all of the farm implements and one horse were burnt up. The horse was one Mrs. S. had for a riding horse. Two other horses were badly scorched and barely escaped the flames. The loss is estimated at $1,500 insured for $500. Mrs. Spencer's residence was saved by dint of hard work, foresight, and water. To protect the roof she threw a small boy some 12 or 14 years of age, on to the roof, while he kept the flying firebrands from the barn from setting the roof on fire to the two roofs of the dwelling, she assisted him by drawing and handing him water. It is thought that the barn was set on fire by some tramps who had been in the neighborhood but a short time before.

Date: 2/22/1877
Origin: The Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002492
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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