INEXPLICABLE FREAKS OF A FIRE.

INEXPLICABLE FREAKS OF A FIRE.

The fire which occurred at Washington, La., a short time ago has set everybody guessing to account for the freaks played by the flames. Not only did the fire, which started in a stable and caught in Petrie’s hotel adjacent, jump across Main street, sixty feet wide, but took a diagonal course seventy-five feet across two streets to another hotel which, with other property, it destroyed, but from this block it jumped again across Main street, burning an entire block of buildings, and then took another leap to Dejean street, forty-eight feet, and after burning a building, then made a jump the length of the block and back again, finishing a remaining building. It is stated that “the fire moved hack and forth in every direction across clear spaces that underwriters have heretofore regarded as entirely safe.” The wind was not high, it is said, and it would be difficult, if not impossible to cite a similar case where a fire in a small town with low buildings has played such antics, which nobody can explain.

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