A Waynesboro Mercantile Fire
The proprietors of seven mercantile establishments of Waynesboro, Ga., suffered a heavy loss by a fire which totally destroyed the structures and contents. The property in which the blaze started was a one-story brick block, 25 years old and located in the center of the city. In front of it was a street 77 feet wide, in which was laid a 10-inch main. The stores were partitioned with wooden walls and the greater part of the material in the stores was highly inflammable. The fire started from an unknown cause, but was probably due to an accident. It was discovered at 2 a. m., when the alarm was turned in. The department, which was promptly on hand, found seven stores were enveloped in flames. The roofs of these buildings were very low, and the fire spread rapidly. Four double six-inch hydrants, about 200 feet from each other, were available. Five streams of water tront one-inch pipes at a pressure of 55 pounds were thrown, the largest number thrown at one time was seven. About 1,350 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose were laid, of which one length burst during the two hours the firemen were at work. The value of the property destroyed was $122,000 and that of contents $101,000. The loss on tlie buildings was $21,000 and on the contents it was total. The city ordinance says that no such building can be rebuilt; therefore the property is also a total loss.