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DETROIT CONSUMED BY FIRE

The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA July 17, 1805 ( Philadelphia, July 10)

A letter from a gentleman of respectability, at Buffalo creek, dated the 20th instant, contains the following distressing intelligence.

"By the schooner, Charlotte, Capt. Nihen, who arrived at Fort Eric yesterday we are informed that the whole town of Detroit is totally consumed by fire, not a single house in the town left standing! "The fire made its appearance in a stable near the center of the town, about 9 o’clock in the morning, and such was the rapidity of its ravages, that at twelve o’clock not one house remained. The Citadel, which was rather detached, and which were the barracks, officer’s quarters, and contractor’s stores, was entirely consumed." (Note: Detroit is the seat of government of the Michigan Territory, and contains upwards of 300 houses, built of wood, in a compact manner, and above 2000 inhabitants). (Contributed by Nancy Piper)

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