Lumber Yard Fire Threatens Entire City

Issue 6 and Volume 112.

Lumber Yard Fire Threatens Entire City High winds scatter sparks and blazing embers over wide area. Mutual aid credited with averting possible conflagration MUTUAL AID involving 25 fire departments and the water system of a neighboring community were credited with saving Festus, Mo., on November 23 last, when a raging fire destroyed the Waggoner Lumber Co. Damages to the main building, including the Ovenburg Paint Store and a Coca-Cola Co. storehouse located in it, were estimated at over $1 million. The fire extended to adjacent structures and sparks and embers borne on gale-force winds set fire to the roof of a church several blocks away. The lumber company occupies the larger portion of city block on Main Street between Mill and Henry Streets. Passers-by noticed flames in a pile of lumber located in the rear of the yard and at 1:05 p.m., the first alarm was sounded at the Festus…

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