Business District Fire at Augusta, Ga.
The 700 block of Broad Street, Augusta, Ga., in the heart of the downtown district, was again visited by a destructive fire. Flames were discovered at 12:05 a. m. Tuesday, February 28, on the third floor of the Montgomery Building. An alarm was immediately sent in from Gamewell Box 39. Chief Frank G. Reynolds, seeing the seriousness of the blaze, sent in a general alarm, calling all apparatus in the city. The fire had gained great headway when discovered. Three business houses, Burton & Taylor Dry Goods Company, Augusta Trunk factory and Vorhatter’s bakery and restaurant, where the fire burned out, were involved. The Augusta Trunk factory was a total loss. The second and third floors used as offices were also badly damaged. The new American-LaFrance 75-foot aerial was used for the first time. Good water pressure was maintained and the flames were brought under control at 1 :45 a. m., and entirely extinguished at 2:30 a. m. The losses were as follows: $18,000 on Montgomery Building; $50,000, Burton & Taylor Dry Goods Company ; $40,000. Augusta Trunk factory, and $6,000 Vorhauer’s bakery; total, $134,000. The following apparatus were in service: Two Seagrave 900-gallon, one Seagrave 750gallon, one American-LaFrance 750-gallon and one Webb 750-gallon pumpers; one American-LaFrance 75foot tractor-drawn aerial, one Seagrave city service truck, one Webb motor combination and one horsedrawn American-LaFrance combination. The Montgomery Building was only three buildings distant from where the ruins are of the great fire of November 29, 1921, which destroyed over half the block. The cause of the fire was unknown.