Shortly aftrer midnight a fire broke out in one of a row of wooden tenements between F??? and Commercial near Franklin, owner by Messrs. Rumory and Burnham, and occupied by six families. So rapid was the flames that the occupants had time to save but little of their effects. Some of them saved only the clothes they stood in. A row of tenement houses situated close by was also partially destroyed. The names of the heads of families occupying the building destroyed are Thos. Welch, John S. Cooper, Edw. Slavin, John Gannen, Michael Lannegan and Mrs. Devine.
Mr. Lannegan was arouded by hearing the crackling of the flames under the floor of his dwelling, and he rose and ran to his daughter's room, which was full of smoke, and roused her in time to save her life and she gave the alarm to the residents of the other houses.
Slavin and his son Edward, aged 9 years, perished in the flames and were no doubt suffocated by the smoke. The body of the lad was found in the ruins in the morning; and from the posture in which it lay, death had overtaken the boy in his bed. The body of the father had not been found when we left the place.
The fire is supposed to have been the incendiary work of Mark Sullivan, a notorious scamp, who has seen the inside of prison walls a good many times. He is known to have threatened fire, and one of the Slavin boys says he saw him prowling about the house at about half past 11 o'clock. He was arrested this morning and locked up.
P.S. Since the above was written we learn that the body of the elder Slavin has been found in the ruins. Coroner Hall will hold an inquest. [Portland Star.]
Bangor (Maine) Daily Whig & Courier, October 19, 1866.