Conflagration at Jackson, Ky.
Jackson, Ky., a city of 4,000 inhabitants and without fire protection, was swept by a conflagration October 31. Most of the buildings, including hotels, churches, etc., in its business center were destroyed. The total loss is estimated at $150,000, of which amount $130,000 was on buildings, and $20,000 on contents.
The fire, caused by an oil stove, started in a dwelling next to Thompson’s Hotel on Broadway at 7.30 o’clock p. m. while the town was celebrating Hallowe’en. It spread rapidly to the large frame hotel, then to a business block With no apparatus or facilities of any kind to light the fire, it had its own way. Brick walls checked it in both directions. Efforts were made to stop the fire by the use of dynamite, which assisted the flames to spread instead of checking them. Twenty-four two-story buildings were consumed. The State militia was called to preserve order and prevent looting. The alarm was given by pistol shots and church bells.
For several years efforts have been made to have a water system installed, and only recently a subscription was started for that purpose, but it failed of its object. The city is almost surrounded by the Kentucky River. One stream vlien the fire was discovered would have confined the fire to the building in which it originated.