Bradford Fire of 1920

Bradford Fire of 1920 (HMIUZ)

Location: Bradford, OH 45308 Miami County
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N 40° 7.915', W 84° 25.816'

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On the evening of August 3, 1920, at 10:30, two men hurrying home after working at the local Railway Y.M.C.A. discovered smoke and flames at the D. Arnold & Sons Lumber Company. Bradford firemen, with the help of area firefighters, could not contain the raging fire because of the intense heat and lack of available water. By the early morning light, townspeople saw that their town had been almost totally destroyed. Thirty-four businesses and twelve homes were burned to the ground with losses totaling over one million dollars. Many businesses never rebuilt and claimed huge losses due to the lack of insurance coverage. The Ohio State Fire Marshal investigated the fire and ruled arson as the origin. Authorities never apprehended or charged any suspects.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number8-55
Year Placed2003
Placed ByBradford Public Library, The Community Festival Association, Bradford Community Club, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 718941 N 4445564
Decimal Degrees40.13191667, -84.43026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 7.915', W 84° 25.816'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 7' 54.90" N, 84° 25' 48.96" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-135 E Main St, Bradford OH 45308, US
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