What provecí to be the worst fire in the history of Pinconning, and one which practically kills the town, started ïuesday a. ra. in a building on Seccnd street near the Michigan Central railroad and occupied by Dr. Porter as a store and residence. A galc was blowiug from the northeast and before the inhabitants realized it the town was in great danger from flying firebrands which were blown from building to building. The structures were all frames and they Kke tinder and one after another was reduced to smoldering ruins, despite the efforts of the local fire department and a company from Bay City. The fire continued to increase in its destructiveness until ithad reached Fourth street Here the Bay City company made a determined fight, and kept the houses on the south side of the street from burning. At 11:30 a lull in the gale oceurred and tuis is what saved the south portion of the town, Jennings mili and a long row of Michigan Central freight cars. Starting with the Dr. Potter store, the fire leaped across Second street to the Phoenix block. a two-story frame j building. Then in the order named were eonsuined the Commercial House, a row of buildings owned by M. McCormick. occupied by the Pinconning bnk. Win. McDonald, grocer, and Redford & McGuire, saloon; building occupied by postoffice, with Foresters' I hall od upper floor; Alexander Lenhoff, I clothing store; George Dereainar, barber shop; George Butler, groeery; Porter Chortie's restaurant; Michigan House; Klumph's groeery store; Andrew P. Summerfield & Son"s groeery store; Wm. Jennings' f ancy goods store Wm. Anderson's residence, Edwarc Welch's housa, Michigan Centra freight house, Michigan Central pass enger depot, Samuel S. Morris, dry goods and drug store; L. Pelkcy's law office, Pinconning Press office, Alex ander St. John's saloon and D. W Morrison's dweiling On Second stree the fire worked west to the Stanton block, and the store of the Shoo' Hardware Co., the Presbyterian churc was worth SI, 500 and was not insurec Owing to the confusión it is imposs ble to obtain a correct list of losse and insurance, but it is estimated tha the en tire loss will run up to f rom 30 000 to L00,000, with about 5?15,OOO o 820,000 insurance.