Issue 12 and Volume 38.

FATAL FIRE AT ERIE. Early in the morning of August 26 a fire broke out in the Beck building, 1008 State st., Erie, Pa., the origin of which is hardly known, although it is believed by the fire department that it was caused by the stub of a cigar, which Captain H. McMahon, brother of Fire Chief McMahon, was smoking in bed. The fire was discovered by a special watchman, who saw smoke pouring out in volumes from the third-story windows of the building. A telephone and a regular fire alarm message reached the fire department headquarters at the same time, and, on the arrival of the firemen, ladders were at once run up to the windows and lines of hose carried up from the outside and up the front stairway to the room. The door was locked with a spring lock and had to be burst open by the…

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