Leadership

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN WASHINGTON.

Issue 15 and Volume 22.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN WASHINGTON. Shortly before midnight on September 29, fire broke out in the Central power station of the Capital Traction Company, Washington, a six-story structure which occupied the entire block from Pennsylvania avenue to C street and from Thirteen-and-one-half street to Fourteen street. The blaze started on the southwest corner, and although the whole fire department of the city under Chief Parris and Assistant Chief Belt was summoned to work on the burning building, the flames swept like a whirlwind through the whole of it, so that in less than half an hour its fate was sealed and by one o’clock a. m. nearly a million dollars worth of property had been destroyed. The fierce heat drove the firemen back at all points, and several minor fires broke out in the adjoining streets,owing to the flying embers lighting upon them. When the work of destruction was complete, it…

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