A Madison Public Building Gone.

A Madison Public Building Gone.

The largest fire Madison, Ind., ever had occurred last month, when its principal public building, the Odd Fellows Hall, was completely wiped out. The illustration shows how thoroughly the flames did their work. Chief W. H. Eckert says, “It was one of the largest fires this place has ever had to fight.” He worked fourteen hours without a stop. The difficulty was that the building had a double roof and he found it hard to reach the fire between them. For a city the size of Madison it is well equipped with fire apparatus. The population of the place is nearly 10,000 and it has 3 steamers and about 4,000 feet of hose. Besides these the fire pressure can be raised to 120 pounds through the engines that furnish the city with a direct pumping system.

RUINS OF HAMILTON BUILDING, SHOWING CONDITIONS AT FIRST FLOOR.

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