Nuckols fire destroyed 4,000 rent control documents

Photo Courtesy of Matagorda County Museum
Nuckols Hotel was engulfed in flames in this photo of the 1945 fire.

   BAY CITY. Feb. 9. (U.P.) - A fire which took place yesterday leveled the old Nuckols Hotel, Bay City’s oldest building and last remaining wooden structure on the town square, destroyed the rent control registrations of 4,000 houses and apartments in Jackson, Matagorda and Calhoun Counties, it was disclosed today.
   Total damage, including that to the nearby LeTulle Building, was estimated at $50,000.
   Area rent control headquarters were located on the lower floor of the two-story hotel building. 
   The fire, believed to have originated from an oil stove, demolished the old two-story hotel building, despite the efforts of fire fighters from Bay City, El Campo, Wharton and West Columbia.
   The blaze gutted the upper floor of the two-story brick LeTulle building, destroying valuable law books and other property in attorneys’ and doctors’ offices.
   Victoria Advocate, February 9, 1945


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