Hotel Burned at Missoula

Hotel Burned at Missoula

The Florence hotel, the oldest and most famous hostelry in Missoula, Mont., is a blackened shell and the shops that occupied the ground floor of the building are flooded ruins as the result of a fire that broke out in the rear of the block recently and ate out the whole interior before the fire department could stop it. Heroic work on the part of the fire department confined the flames to the older or south half of the hotel, and saved the adjoining block and te frame buildings just across the alley. The total loss will amount to about $100,000, most of which is covered by insurance. The Missoula Real Estate Company is the heaviest loser. This concern owned the hotel building and the Eddy block, where the remodeled annex to the hotel proper is located. The entire property was valued at $150,000, but the damage to the Eddy building amounts to almost nothing, and $5,000 will probably cover the loss. The old hotel is a total loss, according to Fire Chief Loffness. The walls arc all that remain, and they are so shaky that they can never be used again. The owners of the building carried $05,000 in insurance. Chief Loffness writes that his department consists of only nine paid firemen, one Seagravc combination hose and chemical auto truck, one Seagravc city service ladder truck, one hose wagon, one second size Nott engine, one fourth size La France rotary steamer and four horses, all housed in one station. Only lately the city installed a Gamewell fire alarm system, with 17 boxes. “Considering that we had to raise ladders in two places to the third story to rescue people, and then laid ten lines of hose with only nine trained men to do it all, I think the results were very satisfactory.”

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