Evansville Fights Morning Fire
The larger portion of a business block in Evansville, Ind., was destroyed by a fire that broke out at 4:30 a.m., from what is believed to be defective wiring. Thirteen fire companies with 135 firemen pressed into rush service found the flames completely beyond control. Before any hose could be connected, the back wall collapsed, followed in a few moments by the roof. Flames swept the second and third floors, and broke through the rear of the double fire wall protecting the Cleveland Life Building. A small hose stream checked the advance of flames from that section.
The new 1,000-gallon pumper was used for the first time. Rain and snow hindered the firemen.
The building was inspected the week previous and was said to have been one of the cleanest buildings in the city. However, it was not of fireproof construction.
The damage has been estimated at $750,000. The fire is believed to be the second largest in the history of the city.