Brunswick Advertiser Vol. 5, No. 50 June 19, 1880 The distillery of J. Wilder & Co., in the upper portion of this city, was burned on Monday last. We have endeavored to find some one who could give us the origin of the fire, but so far have failed. The conflagration was fearful, the dense smoke arising from the flames casting a shadow for several blocks, giving a peculiarly weird look similar to that of an eclipse of the sun. The wind being due west, only the still and office, together with a small lot of naval stores, were burned. The buildings near the water were not injured. Two houses owned by Mrs. B. Golden, on an adjoining lot, were burned, being in close proximity to the office of Messrs. Wilder & Co., which, by the way, was itself so near the still, and the fire spread so rapidly, that not even the books of the firm were saved. There was no insurance on any of the property, hence it is all total loss. But phoenix-like, the firm are rising out of the ashes and re-building at once. The smoke had hardly cleared away before the work of re-building began. We should estimate the entire loss of still and houses, naval stores, etc., at about $2,500. The sufferers have the sympathy of our whole people.
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