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William Allen Home Destroyed by Fire
The Press and tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), April 09, 1860
The dwelling house of William Allen, Esq., of Centre Prairie, three miles northwest of Princeton, Bureau County, was entirely destroyed by fire on the 30th ult., together with all the furniture, the family having barely time to escape with their lives. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. Loss about $2,000 - insured for #1,200.

Burson Home Destroyed by Fire
The Press and tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), April 09, 1860
On Thursday night of last week, the house of Mr. Burson, in Center Township, Bureau County, was entirely destroyed by fire. Loss $500 - no insurance.

Milton Gudgel Home Destroyed by Fire - Child Dies
Chicago tribune. (Chicago, Ill.), January 28, 1871
The Bureau County Republican of Jan. 26 says:
"We have received another version of the burning of the farm residence occupied by Milton Gudgel, near Providence, in this county, and noticed in a late number of the Republican. It seems that the fire was discovered in a part of the house where there had been no fire, and that the firing of the building must have been the work of an incendiary. Mrs. Gudgel was the first to give the alarm of fire. Hearing a strange noise downstairs, she awakened her husband and he ran down in his night clothes to see what the trouble was; and, on opening the door entering into the south room, the smoke and fire rushed through. Mr. G. became so excited and bewildered that he could hardly find his way up stairs again. Meantime, Mrs. G., proved herself the better man of the two, for she removed a window immediately, threw out some bed clothing, and let the children in her room fall on them, and then jumped out herself. Mr. G. got his pants on, and made several efforts to save the other two children, but the heat became so intense, and the building being all ablaze, he crawled through the window leading out upon the porch, and was by this time so exhausted that he rolled off on the ground and was taken up by some members of the household. A boy 4 years old was left in bed; the fire preventing his father from going to his rescue. A little girl of 6 years, also burned up, was not missed until too late to save her. It is supposed that she became so frightened that she crawled under the bed; as her body, horribly burned was found in such condition as to lead to that conclusion. The boy was burned to a crisp."
 

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