Wind Fans Flames at Knoxville Hotel Fire

Issue 20 and Volume 59.

Wind Fans Flames at Knoxville Hotel Fire Chief Sam B. Boyd and the department, of Knoxville, Tenn., were called out at 12:30 a. m., a short time ago to fight a serious fire at the Imperial Hotel and an adjoining building. The velocity of the wind was so great that the flames had already gained considerable headway when the department arrived. The fire originated in the top of the elevator shaft of the Imperial Hotel, a four-story brick building connected by a bridge to a newer but similarly constructed annex. The main building was erected in 1880 and occupied a space of 230×55 feet, while the annex occupied 110×40 feet of space. From this building the fire spread to an adjoining three-story brick building occupied by a retail clothing firm, a tobacco dealer, and as a lodging house. Chief Boyd immediately upon his arrival saw to it that all the…

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