Fire at Spartanburg.

Fire at Spartanburg.

On the evening of March 12, at 8 o’clock, fire was discovered in the 2-story brick building occupied by Harry Price clothing store and R. L. Bowden, dry goods and notions, at Spartanburg, S. C. The fire department answered promptly: but, on arriving at the place, there was an explosion, supposed to be of gasoline, followed by another of a barrel of floor-oil, that scattered lire over the entire building, broke out the glass in front of the store, and wrecked the rear. The combination wagon and truck answered, followed by hose wagon and steamer. Seven lines of cotton hose were laid from hydrants in the rear, and two on the top of the next building. The streams thrown, however, proved useless to stop the fire, which had gained too great a headway. No special tools were used by the firemen on duty. Two of their number were cut by falling glass, and two others were hurt by small sections of the wall giving way. None of the men, however, were seriously injured, except Assistant Chief W. D. Mitchell, one of whose arms was broken, and his back was also bruised. The other men have all returned to duty. The value of the building at risk was $16,non, with $8,000 insurance; of the contents, $46,000, with $23,000 insurance. Only the front walls were left standing. The water pressure was fair, and all the surrounding roofs were wet by rain, which prevented sparks from setting on fire many shingleroofs that were some hlocks off.

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