The Burnsville Fire of 1926
The business section of Burnsville was destroyed by fire
Thursday morning about four o'clock. The Methodist Church
located in business section was also destroyed, as well as was
the residence of W.C. Faust and the telephone exchange.
The buildings, with the exception of one owned and occupied by
the Burnsville Mercantile Company, were frame and burned
rapidly. A part of the stocks were saved by some of the
merchants, while others lost everything. The only store building
left standing was the Epperson Mercantile Company, over which
was the Masonic Hall.
Other buildings destroyed were: the post office, the stores of
R.L. Smith, G.R. Whitaker, J.J. Patrick and C.L. Blakely; the
office of Dr. Haynie, where he also kept a supply of drugs; and
the store of Miss Mary Walker. It is thought the fire was of
incendiary origin as one of the stores was saturated with
kerosene. There was very little insurance on any of the
buildings though some carried it on their stocks of merchandise.
This was a heavy blow to Burnsville and to the county, but most
of the merchants rebuilt soon.