Like any early town, Hatton, North Dakota, had its share of fires. In 1915 there were two – just three weeks apart. The first involved the gas lighting at a hotel that caused an explosion and fire that destroyed seven businesses and cost more than fifty thousand dollars. Those buildings included the hotel, a harness shop, a café, shoe shop and post office. The fire started in the afternoon and “raged for several hours.” Nineteen days later, Hatton’s mill burned down, with damages of seventeen thousand dollars.