In 1912, a large part of the business section of Findley Lake was wiped out by a fire which started at 2 a.m. Sunday and destroyed or seriously damaged eight of the business blocks on Main Street in the center of the village. Findley Lake was a thriving inland town on the shore of Findley Lake and this fire loss was a very serious blow to its resources and prosperity. The origin of the fire was a mystery but there were strong suspicions that it was of incendiary origin. Lost in the blaze were the W.L. Nuttall general store, William Coulthard general store, Barmore Hardware Co., Johnson Meat Market, I.O.O.F lodge, Findley Lake Grange, the old U.B. Church, William Barton restaurant and living quarters and Findley Lake Telephone Co. The Jones Harness Shop was slightly damaged.