Fire in Moose Jaw.

Fire in Moose Jaw.

SCENE BEFORE FIRE AT MOOSE JAW. SASKATCHEWAN X SHOWS BUILDING WHERE FIRE STARTED. O CORNER BUILDING ONLY SLIGHTLY DAMAGED.

A short time ago a serious fire in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Can., destroyed property amounting to $34,000, which may be considered a large sum for a place of its size. Chief Charles Lawless sends the following report to this journal: The structure which was known as the Times building was located in the central and business section of the town. It occupied a lot 27 x 125 feet and the adjoining corner building, which was slightly damaged, is 27 x 80 feet. The former was eleven years old and the latter 20 years. They were constructed of brick and brick veneer. The Times building was cut up into small offices. The tire which was supposed to have started from a burning cigar or cigarette stub was discovered in the basement at 2 a m. W hen the alarm was received from box -I the tire was burning fiercely in basement and the roof of the press-room fell just as the brigade arrived. No time was lost in getting six hydrant streams working through 1inch nozzles, but as the wind was very high and cold weather prevailed ten minutes were lost before sixteen pounds pressure was recorded. There were five hydrants with 6-inch standpipes available and ample water was procured from the 8-inch and 10-inch pipes on both streets. The loss on buildings is estimated at $7,000 and on contents consisting of paper, books and stationery $27,000. The two illustrations herewith show the Times and other business buildings before the tire and a view of them after the fire.

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