“The Pacific Hotel of Wilbur took fire and burned to the ground last Thursday morning. The origin of the fire is unknown, but the most plausible theory is that when the Chinaman who made fires about 4:30 in the morning, poured coal fire in the range to start the fire, there was an explosion, or a flame that was too much for him to extinguish, which resulted in firing the hotel.  When the alarm was sounded the flames had reached above the roof at the southwest corner, indicating very strongly that the fire had its origin in the kitchen.”  (Lincoln County Times: 12-12-1902) 


Wilbur fire, Wilbur, Washington, submitted to the

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