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Waldo Street fire, Rumford, 1923

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Waldo Street fire, Rumford, 1923

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Buildings burn during a massive fire on Waldo Street in Rumford on August 2, 1923. Prior to the fire, Waldo Street was a bustling residential and secondary business district for the town.

The fire was first discovered at 5:10 p.m. by the Majestic Theater’s stage carpenter, Eli Roy. With the help of the Lewiston and Auburn fire department, the flames were put out by 11:00 p.m., but not before it left 300 families homeless (a total of 700 persons) and destroyed 28 buildings, including the Majestic Theater. The loss totaled $500,000.

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  • Title: Waldo Street fire, Rumford, 1923
  • Creation Date: 1923-08-02
  • Subject Date: 1923-08-02
  • Town: Rumford
  • County: Oxford
  • State: ME
  • Media: Black and White Photograph
  • Dimensions (cm): 5.1 x 7.6
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Greater Rumford Area Historical Society
145 Congress Street, Rumford, ME 04276
(207) 369-9039

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