Hotel at Hot Springs Burned
What was considered as a fire-trap by the insurance companies for years past was destroyed at Mot Springs, S. D., recently when the Gillespie Hotel was burned to the ground. The contents consisted of paints, oils, black powder, drugs, grocery supplies and other inflammable materials. The building proper had a small furnace room about 12 by 18 feet, but the balance of the structure was left open without partition walls and having joists close to the ground. The building was located in the business section of the city, and occupied about a quarter of a block. It was four stories high, constructed of stone and wood, about 25 years ago. The fire started by an explosion in the boiler room and was discovered by the night police. When Chief Mueller and his men arrived he saw at a glance that the fire in the building was far beyond control, the flames having entered between the stone walls and the inside walls, passing up what proved to be. a natural flue to the roof, and the chief directed his men to save the adjoining property, and the fact that the fire was confined to the hotel building alone, speaks highly for Chief Mueller’s ability as a fire fighter, He had forty-eight men under him who employed four hose carts and one hook and ladder wagon. Three 4inch double hydrants were sufficient to furnish four hvdrant streams under 90-pound presssure. The property was valued at about $68,000. and was a total loss. The illustrations herewith show the building after the fire. It will be noted in the picture of the standing walls, the hazard which the stone construction made for the firemen. As soon as the walls were heated they crumbled and fell. Chief Mueller found it necessary to keep the men at a distance which partly hindered them in their work.