Famous Florida Hotel Destroyed
Fanned by a shifting wind, fire destroyed the Magnolia Hotel in the center of the business section of St. Augustine, Fla. Aid was rushed from Jacksonville, South Jacksonville and Palatka in order to prevent the fire from spreading to other sections of the mercantile district. At the time of the fire, there were 102 guests in the building but no injuries or loss of life was reported.
The building was constructed of wood eighty years ago and it occupied half of a city block. The fire started from an unknown cause in an elevator shaft—the alarm was received at 1:30 p. m. By the time the apparatus arrived, the flames had broken through the roof.
Four American-LaFrance pumpers were used, including twofront the neighboring towns. The operation of the apparatus was hampered by the narrow streets.
Chief McMillan with a unit of the Jacksonville fire department made the trip to St. Augustine in thirty minutes. The city officials were greatly indebted to the neighboring departments for the assistance given. The loss is estimated at between. $50,000 to $100,000.