1870- 10:00 p.m. Mifflin, Pa. Thirty one dwellings, stores, offices and
other buildings were destroyed, a total of 62 in all. Loss estimated at
$200,000. The entire southern half of the town was destroyed. Thirty two families
homeless. Friendship No. 1 steamer and hose carriage; Citizen No. 3 steamer,
Mount Vernon No. 1 ladder truck and the Good Will No. 7 hose carriage dispatched
via P.R.R. special train. Companies loaded on the train at North Street. They
arrived on the scene about 12:30 a.m.(0030 hrs) on January 1, 1871.
Hope(Henderson) Company of Lewistown was also on the scene. Harrisburg companies were
accompanied by Fire Chief Andrew Schlayer and First Assistant David Simons.
The fire actually broke out about 7:30 p.m. but the time recorded here is that
approximate of when the Harrisburg Fire Department received their aid request
via P.R.R. telegraph.
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