Fire of 1899
February 23, 1899
of Muskogee Oklahoma pioneers was put to the test when Constance
"Firebug" Leech moved to their area. Fires were
not unknown to this area but the residents were unprepared for what
was to befall them.
Gunshots and train whistles
raised the alarm but not soon enough. Water pressure was low
and a blistering wind blew the hose water away from the blaze.
Later it was reported that "some of the fire hose was cut during the fire
by unknown parties."
of the city was destroyed and the city never apprehended any
suspects. Shortly after the inferno, the Leech's moved on to Seattle.