Norfolk, Va. April 22, 1880
Tidings have just reached here of the terrible work of fires which raged last week in the swamp region of North Carolina. There was much destruction, both of life and property. Zachariah Owens, of Tyrrell County, and his family, consisting of his wife and three children, were overtaken by the flames while fleeing from their house and all burned to death. The heavy rains of Tuesday brought the fires under control.