Salt Lake Fire

On Monday forenoon, between 10 and 11 o’clock, some children were playing with matches on the premises of Mrs. Julia Pratt, in the Seventeenth Ward, Salt Lake City, when they set fire to the barn in which considerable furniture happened to be stowed away at the time.  Before assistance could appear, the barn and all the contents were destroyed by the flames, the damage resulting to Mrs. Pratt, amounting to $300.  Incidental damage to the extent of $75 was done to some property of Mr. Philip Margetts, by the knocking down of his fence, pig-pen, and other outside structures.

[Ogden Standard Examiner, Oct. 4, 1881]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, July 2006]



Between 10 and 11 o’clock yesterday morning, a barn, situated at Jordan Street, 17th Ward, the property of Mrs. Juliette Pratt, was completely destroyed by fire together with some furniture which had temporarily been placed therein while the house was being repaired. Some children playing around the premises with matches were the origins of the conflagration. When the fire broke out Mrs. Prat was at the residence of Mrs. Marian Pratt. Meantime, until the arrival of the fire brigade, the neighbors exerted themselves to the utmost to get the fire under, but this was not accomplished until the barn was destroyed, and, as above stated, the furniture it contained. The loss to Mrs. Pratt is considerable, and Mr. Philip Margetts, who lives in close proximity to Mrs. Pratt, also lost in the neighborhood of $100, through the demolition of his fence, pigpen, and other outhouses.

[Deseret News, Oct. 12, 1881]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, May 2006]


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