Masonic Building Burns at Rochester

Masonic Building Burns at Rochester

With the temperature only five degrees above zero, the local fire department was recently called out at 1 p. m., to battle against flames that were rapidly consuming the threestory Masonic building at Main and Zumbro streets, Rochester, Minn. When Chief Earle Parker arrived at the burning building he found the entire basement full of smoke and so hot that it was impossible to get in. He was handicapped greatly by a lack of equipment, and when several lines were connected to the one main, the pressure amounted to forty pounds. Chief Parker and his men made a gallant attempt to save the building, and then devoted their energies to the difficult task of halting the spread of the flames. The Masonic building contained numerous air shafts running into the basement and which served as flues for the fire. The destroyed building occupied a space of about 44 by 125 feet, and was built of brick about fifteen years ago. Although he failed to save this building, it was greatly to Chief Parker’s credit that the /’.umbra Hotel, the million-dollar Mayo Clinic, and the other buildings in the block were not damaged. But one engine, an American-LaFrance triple combination, was at the fire. Chief Morton of Winona sent four men and some apparatus to Rochester’s aid by special train. The local department used 1 1/8-inch nozzles. The value of the Masonic building was estimated at $60,000, and its contents of drugs, shoes and office fixtures at about $40,000. The fire originated in the boiler room, but the cause is unknown.

Scene During Fire in Masonic Building at Rochester, Minn., Showing Streams Being Thrown

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