Leadership

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT ATLANTA.

Issue 9 and Volume 29.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT ATLANTA. ON February 21 nearly an entire block in the wholesale district of Atlanta, Ga., was destroyed by an early morning fire, which caused a loss of $500,000, insured for about $450,000. The burned area is bounded by Railroad avenue and Decatur and Collins streets, The fire started at 5:45 a.m. from an unknown cause in the Maddox wholesale grocery store, and was suddenly spread to all parts of the building by a tremendous explosion, presumably of oil and syrup. The flames, fanned by a high wind, soon spread to adjoining buildings, and were beyond control of the department fifteen minutes after the entire fighting force had been brought to the scene. The firemen were hampered by insufficient water pressure, and were kept away from the buildings by frequent explosions of kerosene, molasses, and powder in the different establishments. The explosions sent burning rafters in every direction…

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