Edenton Gazette, Thurs. Sept. 15, 1808 September 15, 1808 FIRE -- On Monday evening, the 5th inst., the inhabitants of Newbern were alarmed with the dreadful cry of Fire! It appeared to have begun at a house on Craven street, which being in the midst of a cluster of wooden buildings, soon communicated to and destroyed them; and notwithstanding the greatest exertions made by the citizens generally, in their attentions to the engines, etc., the flames were not got under till after the explosions by gun-powder of the adjoining buildings. The brick dwelling house of MR. ISAAC TAYLOR, was preserved with the greatest difficulty and to its security, may be ascribed the preservation of the whole square. During the fire a regular line was preserved from the engines to the old country wharf for the purpose of furnishing regular quantities of water. The Citizens generally were stationed at their posts; some, however, were observed quite indifferent to the distresses of others, and manifesting no disposition to join in any effort for the security of the town, or the preservation of property within their reach. The following houses with nearly all the property contained in them were destroyed: One belonging to MR. THOMAS MARSHAL, occupied as a store by MRS. ELIZABETH COLE. One owned by CAPT. RICHARD FISHER, occupied as a dwelling house. One owned by B. C. GILLESPIE, occupied by MRS. BALL, as a shop. Two owned by F. X. MARTIN, one back and one front, occupied as dwelling houses by HARDWICK and NOBLES. One owned by MR. JOSHUA SCOTT, occupied as a dwelling-house and hatter's shop. One owned by MR. PIGOTT, occupied as a dwelling house. MAJOR GEORGE ELLIS, a very worthy character, died next morning, of a wound received in blowing up one of the houses, deemed necessary to arrest the progress of the devouring flames.
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