May 19, 1876.
Rutland Weekly Globe.
About eleven o'clock Thursday evening, some of the locomotives and several people in the streets sounded the alarm of fire. The fire proved to be an empty - as to human inhabitants at least - dwelling house belonging to Tommy Winters, and situated the last house on the east side of Gouger hill. A crowd of about a hundred denizens of that part of the town gathered around and watched the flames for about fifteen minutes, when engines No. 1 and 2 came running fiercely down the hill, No. 1 a few minutes ahead, and got water onto the remains of the building in the same order.
A good number of firemen and others came just before the engines, a number of whom turned in and saved Joe Dougherty's house, about fifty feet north, in the old fashioned way, with a ladder and pails of water. They deserve credit for persisting in carrying up water, in spite of the fact that occasionally a refreshing shower intended for the roof of the house drenched some individual toiling up the ladder with a pail; and that empty pails were more frequently caught on the heads than in the arms of enthusiastic assistants below. The building occupied a half hour in burning. It was worth $150 or $200. The
insurance we did not learn.