March 2, 2002: A Fire of Historic Proportions Rips Through Carthage NY


Eight buildings are lost to the early morning blaze; believed to have started in or above the Auction Center.

Lost were the Auction Center itself, a dance studio and video store, the Fredericks building that housed a computer store and Stefano's Pizzeria, Fox Drugs, a fabric store, Clemens Plumbing and the former Ethan Allen Furniture store. It is estimated that there are approximately 150 people homeless.

The water supply of the village was strained: it is estimated that the fire departments were drawing 8000 gallons of water a minute and 3 million gallons had been used by noon.

At least 10 fire departments responded with over 250 fire fighters hard at work thoughout the day.


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Sunday morning

Monday March 4

Tuesday a.m. March 5
Tuesday 4 p.m. March 5

Wednesday March 6

Thursday March 7

Friday March 8

Saturday March 9

Saturday March 16

Saturday March 23

Friday March 29

Saturday April 6

Tuesday April 9

Monday April 15

Tuesday April 23

Tuesday April 30

Independent Commercial Contractors Inc.

Official Report of Carthage Fire Department

Help, Memories and Related Sites

Where are the businesses going? check here (updated April 6)

Chamber of Commerce: Important Dates

Satellite View of Carthage

Carthage Fire of 1884

Carthage Fire of 1884 with Syracuse University

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 Milton Shampine's Pictures of the Fire