|Edwards Block Fire
January 25, 1882
At 2:30 a.m. on January 25, 1882, a fire broke out in the basement of the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's depot, occupied by Charles Talcott, steam and gas pipe fitter. The flames soon enveloped the whole building, destroying the ticket and the Western Union Telegraph office, along with their contents, and Early & Prew's and Jenks's express offices. The fire then spread to Dr. Edwards' Block, in which were several stores and offices, nearly destroying it. Businesses sustaining losses included: Whitemarsh & Crow - Dry Goods, Henry Whitney - Druggist, J.S. Wartz - Cigars, C.B. Knowles - Photographer, Ann Perry - Milliner, Dr. Buckland - Dentist, Frank Campbell - Tailor, Cook Stationary & Blank Books, Producers National Bank, William Fuller - Dress Maker, Cook Office Furniture, Charles W. Talcott, Adam's Express Company, Christian Kollett - Barber, and Occident Tea Company. The total loss amounted to nearly $100,000. Four firemen fell from a ladder and were slightly injured. The town clerk's office and council chambers in Edwards Block were also badly damaged.