Church Destroyed in Elmira, N. Y.
Fire, which according to Chief John H. Espey, started from a short circuit in the ceiling, destroyed the auditorium of the Centenary M. E. Church in Elmira, N. Y., erected two years ago at a cost of $120,000. The damage amounted to $75,000.
Chief Espey directed the firemen who succeeded in checking the fire and prevented it from spreading to the annex. Flames had spread so rapidly that five minutes after the firemen arrived, the roof caved in. A hollow space between the plaster and a metal ceiling acted like a flue through which the flames raced. Where the arched ceiling joined the walls, other flue-like spaces were formed which helped to propagate the fire.