FAIRBANKS IN ASHES.

FAIRBANKS IN ASHES.

A Seattle, Wash., correspondent writes under date of May 31 : “On May 21 the town of Fairbanks, Alaska, was deprived of its business section by a fire, which caused a loss of any way from $600,000 to $1,000,000. The only bank left is that of the Fairbanks Banking company. The origin of the fire is unknown; but it broke out in the Fairbanks building, and in less than ten minutes the block was a mass of flames. The First National and Washington-Alaska banks saved their books and other valuable papers. The records of the Federal court were also saved. Although the fire spread with lightning rapidity, the people of the North, having passed through several fires at Dawson and Nome, went about saving things with’ a method that was remarkable. Every kind of a conveyance was pressed into service and even saw pack animals utilised when vehicles could not be obtained. From Sargent & Pinska’s store to the west end of the Gilsey House on the east and on Cushman street and Lacey back to Third avenue, there is nothing left hut a black ruin. Dynamite was used to knock buildings down. The most fortunate thing that could have happened was a south wind, which at first drove the fire to the water front; but the heat of the buildings was so intense the fire spread with wonderful rapidity.

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