In Maine, a massive overnight fire destroys large parts of the port of Belfast
10/12/1865 to 10/13/1865
A small fire broke out in a boat shop along the wharves of Belfast, Maine just before midnight and quickly spread across a wide section of the Penobscot Bay town. By the time it was extinguished around 11 a.m. the next morning, at least 130 buildings had been destroyed. Press reports stated that a hundred families were homeless and the total financial losses would top $300,000. No serious injuries were reported, however. (By John Osborne)
"The Recent Fire at Belfast, ME," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 1865, p.1.
"Fire at Belfast, Maine," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 4, 1865, p. 694.