Historic Photo - The Bay View House fire

Oct 15, 2020
Courtesy of: the Thordis Heistad Collection at the Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library.

The Bay View House, the major hotel in Camden in the early part of the 20th century, burned down Nov. 12, 1917. "The fire was discovered by a passerby at about 6:30 A.M., and it had such a head start that smoke was pouring out of the attic at that time. . . . The slate roof confined the flames for a while; but when the roof collapsed, the flames leaped high in the air. Abetted by a northwest wind, the flames threatened the nearby Baptist church for a while. Five streams of water were poured onto the structure, and the fire was soon under control," as reported in John  Williams's "History of Camden, Maine." The site is now Camden's Village Green

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