Fire Destroys Blizzard Home in 1896


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/3/1896.

Last Saturday morning about 3 o'clock Reese Blizzard's dwelling, together with nearly all it contained except its inmates, was destroyed by fire. The fact that several persons were sleeping in the building and that they so narrowly escaped with their lives measurably compensates for the loss of property.  No one seems to know anything about how the fire originated, except by supposition.  It may have caught from a spark in the carpet or the explosion of a lamp.  The occupants of the house at the time it burned were Mr. Blizzard, his four children, two sisters, Misses Cora and Nancy, Miss Minerva McIntosh, George Jackson, Thomas Stevens, Harmon Martin and Arnold Hays.  The latter being the only one sleeping downstairs, Mr. Hays first discovered the fire and his prompt and heroic action in arousing the remaining sleeping inmates alone saved them.  The children were gotten out unhurt by throwing them from second-story window, but the Misses Blizzard and McIntosh jumped and were badly hurt.