Bad Fire at Freeport.
Discovered in a grocery store, shortly after 4 o’clock in the morning, fire swept away two blocks in the business section of Freeport, Me., resulting in a loss of $50,000 and a number of other buildings were badly damaged. For a long time, a narrow alley between the building in which the fire broke out and an adjoining hotel, enabled the firemen to hold the fire in check, but when it leaped this boundary and started to devour the hotel, its serious character was more fully realized and aid was asked from Portland. An engine, with its captain and crew, and Assistant Chief Burnham were sent on a special train by Chief Eldredge, of Portland, in response to the request. After a fast run of eighteen miles, they reached the scene at 5 o’clock in the morning, in time to lend efficient aid in staying the progress of the fire. As it was, Clark’s Hotel, the Davis block and two other business blocks, containing eleven stores, were completely demolished. The Portland engine was at work for about two hours and did good service, the crew being hos pit ably entertained by the Freeport people after the fire.