Business Block in Clinton Burned

Issue 1 and Volume 57.

Business Block in Clinton Burned The block on the northeast corner of the public square in Clinton, Ill., was swept by fire early on the morning of November 24. The fire started in the front part of John W. Day & Son’s drug store and burned four hours, spreading to the Murdock & Farmer dry goods store. The building was a three story brick structure, built about forty years ago. The night watchman, who discovered the fire, sent in the alarm. When the fire department, commanded by Chief Engineer John W. Smith, arrived, the Day building was in flames. No engine streams were thrown, but five hydrant streams were thrown from hydrants 200 feet apart and through 2,000 feet of hose, with one-inch nozzles. The pressure at the hydrants was about 60 pounds. The city water supply was reinforced by the water supply of the Illinois Ceneral Railroad shops, increasing…

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