Issue 11 and Volume 42.

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT SHELTON. An early morning fire destroyed the Webb hotel, at Shelton, twenty miles from Tacoma, Wash. It is reported that fifteen persons perished. The fire was discovered at 1:40 a. m. It had started in the hotel and was probably from a lighted cigar dropped in the sample room. The hotel was a three-story structure. Within a few minutes the building was a mass of flames. Persons in the upper stories were entirely cut off from the stairway, and at least seven or eight jumped from the windows before help could reach them. Ten are known to be dead and one is dying. All but three were killed by jumping from windows. Shelton, it is needless to remark, has no fire protection.

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