Elk Lake City Has a Fatal Fire
A disastrous night fire caused the loss of 4 lives and serious injury to several persons in the shape of bad burns and frost bites, besides destroying property to the amount of close upon $40,000, and wiping out some of the principal business buildings at Elk Lake City, Ont. The blaze broke out in the Matabanick Hotel and as the town was altogether wooden the flames made rapid progress. The loss would probably have been less if the fire had not caught the steam ire engine in the place—its only means of fire protection—and destroyed it, and as Elk Lake City has neither telegraphic nor telephone communication with the outside world, even with Cobalt, which is the nearest point to it, there was no means of sending for or receiving help from any other place. The towns people, however. formed themselves into a bucket brigade, and as the lake furnished an ample supply of water, managed to save the only building—a small fish market left on the block and to prevent the flames from spreading further. The block was made up of the Matabanick Hotel and six othet buildings—one, occupied by the Hudson Bay Company, valued, with its stock, at $15,000. the same amount being lost by the owner of the hotel. Two of the other business places were valued at $4,000 and $3,000 respectively. Elk Lake City is one of the new towns that has sprung up in the Nipissing district of the northern portion of Ontario (New Ontario) since the discovery of the silver and other mines around Cobalt. It is 350 miles distant from Toronto and is situated on Elk lake, an extension of the Montreal river. It is only a very few weeks since the Toronto & North Ontario Railroad was extended there. The town is a busy one, with a nominal population of 1,400. of which 700 are permanent. Before the fire it had four hotels (three are left). There are four churches, a public school, three sawmills, two livery stables, seven restaurants (eight before the fire destroyed one), and 24 stores (there were 27 before the blaze destroyed three).