102 years ago today was the date of a disastrous fire in York Harbor that destroyed the Marshall House. The Marshall House was a huge wooden hotel that sat where the Stage Neck Colonies are today. The fire was discovered by the caretaker at around 1900 hours. He immediately called the fire department in York Beach to respond, and they did; though there was little they could do as the fire was very well advanced on their arrival. The building burned to the ground. Following the fire there was some outcry to establish a fire department on the York Village side of town which did happen later in the year 1916. Here is a clipping from the New York Times the morning after the fire.