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TAMPICO TORNADO Friday, December 9, 1904


A prarie fire raged all day Sunday and part of Monday on the lowlands south and east of Thomas. Several hundred acres, the south end of the school section, were swept clear of every bit of grass and it is thought that some hay stacks may have been destroyed. The grass was very dry and the fire raged fiercely until it burned itself out. The reflection of the flames against the sky was visible in Tampico over twelve miles distant and farmers residing within a mile say their barnyards were as bright as full moonlight. The remarkably dry fall was the cause of everything being like tinder and the fire when started burned fiercely. It is not known how it originated.

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