Fire Damages St. Petersburg Hotel A short circuit in the top of an elevator shaft in the Alexander Hotel in St. Petersburg. Fla., is held responsible for a fire that damaged several rooms. When the firemen arrived, they immediately rushed to the top of the building where they found the top of the elevator shaft on fire. The blaze was extinguished in less than onehalf hour. Chief Towey of Newark, N. J., who was there at the time and saw the department in action, complimented the St. Petersburg, Fla., firemen on the manner in which they handled the fire.