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.
Carthage Fire of 1884 Carthage Fire of 1884 with Syracuse University This site has been created and will be maintained by Lynn Thornton.