Disastrous Fire in Livingston, Mont.
The Mills Block, a three-story brick structure at Livingston, Mont., was destroyed by fire recently, entailing a loss of $140,000, on which there was $00,000 insurance. The flames broke out in an adjoining hardware store from some unknown cause, and had gained considerable headway before it was discovered. Considering that the water service was very poor, the local fire department did splendid work in confining the flames to the one building. W. G. Conrad, of Great Falls, owned the building, which was insured at 90 per cent, of its estimated value. The loss on the building is estimated at $58,000. The loss to the First State Bank, Which occupied a part of the structure, will not be known until the safes and vaults have been opened. The building was in the center of the business section. It was one of the older structures of the city. It had a frontage of 50 feet on Main street and was 140 feet deep. In the rear of the building is the postoffice and west of that the Park hotel. A quantity of paint was carried by the hardware company, and this helped to make a fierce blaze. The accompanying illustrations were made from photographs taken expressly for this journal, which is indebted to Chief H. J. Mjelde for the above data.