The Great Seattle
June 6, 1889 A.D.
& Firebug Leech
settled in the Seattle area after departing the scene of the Muskogee
fire. The great Seattle fire of June 6, 1889, started in a
paint shop on the Denny Block where Leech worked.
Leech claimed that a glue pot had overturned and he'd attempted to
squelch the flames by throwing water on it. This caused the
flammables to scatter every which way catching the floor ablaze.
. . . . the fire started in a building on
the northwest corner of Front and Madison streets, owned by
Mrs. M. J. Pontius. The cause, as usual, was trivial. . . . The fire department were promptly on the
ground, but the water failed, and the slender stream seemed rather to irritate than subdue the evil.
The work of ruin was begun.--Julian
Leech was able
to stay in town for some time as stories differed as to who was
responsible for the fire. Some accounts even mention a
He resurfaces in
public records a few years later, this time in Jacksonville,