Incendiaries Burn a Summer Resort
A night fire was set by incendiaries in West End Heights, a large and popular summer resort at St. Louis, Mo. The loss was not much under $150,000 on which was an insurance of only $20,000. The night watchman a short time before the blaze was discovered saw two men running from the pavilion, He gave chase, but they escaped. and when he returned he found that a fire had been started just at the point at which he saw the men. An alarm had been turned in by two railroad men who were working on the tracks and had seen the flames rising near the box office of the scenic railway. Before the department reached the spot the fire had made great headway, as the woodwork of the railway was very dry and burned very rapidly. It was a work of over three hours to get the tire under control and necessitated turning in a general alarm, and when it was finally extinguished only the main entrance of the resort and a small portion of the scenic railway remained. Many dwellings in the immediate neighborhood were endangered and the residents kept them deluged with water to save them. The flames enveloped four tanks containing about 1,000 gallons of gasoline. An explosion was averted by the firemen, who centered many streams of water upon them. One scenic railway westward was followed by the flames, and when the blaze was at its height the grass on the northeastern portion of the resort caught fire, burning the birch trees and causing the firemen extra work. Tghe scenic railway, the dance hall, the theater, two saloons, the stable. the power house and the restaurant were totally destroyed by the flames, and the firemen s attention was constantly being diverted by small outbreaks on the roofs and surroundings of the houses close by on which sparks and burning embers were continually falling. fortunately the water pressure was good and plentiful and the owners of the adjoining properties were able to operate their own hose.