Destructive Fire at Atlanta.
One million and a quarter is the loss conservatively estimated on a fire which started at 3:30 o’clock a. m., and swept over two blocks of business property, bounded by Forsythe, Nelson, Madison and Hunter streets, Atlanta, Ga. The police and fire departments dynamited what was left of the ragged walls and at night half of the city’s firefighting force was still throwing water into a dozen razed structures. The origin of the fire is unknown. It started in the Schlessinger-Meyer company’s bakery, whence it spread in all directions until it reached the Terminal hotel, one of the largest in the city, and destroyed that. There were no casualties. The insurance is placed at $750,000. The fire was discovered in the elevatorshaft of the Schlessinger building, and is supposed to have originated from crossed wires running to the motor which operated the elevator. By the time the firemen arrived the flames had broken through the roof of this building, and, owing to light water-pressure, it was impossible to check their progress. In a short time the fire was eating its way through to Station B, of the city postoffice. Its employes by quick work managed to save all the mail and most of the equipment. Leaping across Mitchell street, the flames made short work of the Terminal hotel, the Terminal annex, Childs’ cafe and hotel and Childs’ annex, at which point the firemen succeeded in checking the advance on the north side of Mitchell street. On the south side, however, the flames continued to sweep everything in their path until Forsythe street was reached, destroying the buildings occupied by several large stores, banks and companies. The Schlessinger building extended half a block on Nelson street, and from it the flames spread to several small storehouses on Forsythe street, destroying three big establishments. A strong west wind scattered burning embers over the whole business section of the city, threatening for a time to cause even greater loss. The firemen were badly handicapped by falling walls, and had to haul their engines out of danger. Meanwhile high-power trolley and electric light wires were falling everywhere, parts of walls were dropping out. The men, however, though the fire was raging fiercely on each side of them stuck to their work until in Mitchell street the flames shot across the street from cither side, with walls falling everywhere. Finally, however, they had to drop their hose and run for their lives, as the last wall of the Piedmont Hat company came down, leaving burned a clear space across a whole square.
Springfield, Mo., has now fifty-five Gamewell fire-alarm boxes installed.