On Friday, May 3, 1901, most of Jacksonville's downtown business and residential district was destroyed by fire. Mary L'Engle telegraphed her father, J.C. L'Engle, who represented Duval County in the State House: "Big fire Jax. Our three houses burned. We staying at Westmoreland Hotel. Fire still burning." In Tallahassee, Governor William S. Jenning received a telegram from an unknown correpondent: "The city of Jacksonville in flames. Armory destroyed. I think it would be advisable to send four companies [of militia] to the city at once."
"Historic Notes and Documents: Telegraphic Correspondence Relating to the Jacksonville Fire of 1901,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 80:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol80/iss2/5