A Well-Managed Fire.
Located at the corner of Pikes Peak avenue and Tejon street, in the central business district of the city of Colorado Springs, Col., the First National Bank building, occupied as a business block, was the scene a short time ago, of a fire that threatened to cause considerable damage. The quarters of the First National Bank are directly on the corner; on the west, facing south on Pikes Peak avenue, is the store occupied by the Perkins-Shearer Clothing Company, the Perkins-Shearer Company, Gano Downs Clothing Company, Ashby Jewelry Company, Denver & Rio Grande ticket office and the Globe Express Company, have quarters facing east on Tejon street, and the upper part of the building is occupied as offices. The store of the Perkins-Shearer Clothing Company, formed an “El,” facing on Pikes Peak avenue and Tejon street, and under the entire store space was a basement. This basement, on the arrival of the firemen in response to an alarm received at 2:45 a. m. by telephone from the watchman in the bank, was, as described by Fire Chief P. D. McCartin, a mass of flames and smoke. The fire was attacked from a hatchway in the sidewalk on the south side of the building directly in front of the entrance to the Perkins-Shearer Company, the fighting at this point being done intermittently, changing the crews at the pipes every few minutes, on account of the dense choking smoke from the burning woolen stock and the terrible back draft. At this point, one 1 1/4 and two 1 1/2inch pipes were used, each from a 2 1/2-inch hose leading from hydrants with 14-10-4-inch mains and 8-6-4-inch feeds respectively. There being no entrance from the east leading to the basement, the firemen were compelled to fight the fire from small windows, directly beneath the large show windows. A 1 1/2-inch Foley pipe was used at this point from 2 1/2-inch hose, 14inch main, 8-inch feed. The fire spread through the side walls of the Perkins-Shearer Company to the roof, which at this part of the building is but one story high, with two large sky-lights. A line of hose was immediately put into service on the, roof, using 1 1/2-inch Foley pipe, from 2 1/2-inch hose and 10-inch main. 6-inch feed. Later, a second line was taken to the roof, leaving two lines leading into the south entrance and one into the east entrance of the. basement. A small blaze was sighted in Chamberlain’s dental parlors, directly over the Gano-Downs Company’s store, which had crept up along the wall, but it was speedily extinguished with small damage. With every available piece of apparatus pressed into service, the firemen were able to confine the fire chiefly to the store of the Perkins-Shearer Company, whose loss is placed by Chief McCartin at $49,647, all of which, with the exception of $2,147, is covered by insurance; Gano-Downs Clothing Company, $5,000; Bartlett, dentist on second floor, $15. The two last named being from exposure and fully covered by insurance. The loss on the building is given as $3,993. From information obtained by Chief McCartin, the fire had in all probability been smouldering for some time, the performers in the adjacent Majestic Theatre, claiming to have smelled the odor of burning pine, as early as 8:30 p. m., on the evening before the fire was detected.