In 1912, fire at 1 o'clock in the morning destroyed three hotels and the William Dempsey house and barn at Limestone. It was also believed that one man, from Salamanca, was killed in the flames. The fire started in the Titusville Hotel. It was in this hotel that the man lost his life. He was known only as Rossi. The first intimation of the fire was the shriek of a whistle from an Erie locomotive. The residents of Limestone were awakened and turned out in large numbers. Lines of fire hose were laid from the tannery. The service proved to be very satisfactory and considerable property was thus saved. Hotels burned included the Eagle, the Titusville House and the Commercial Hotel. The three hotels were of wood construction and stood in a row to the left of the Erie tracks.