PACIFIC COAST NEWS.
[FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT.)
FIRES have raged fiercely here of late. The Brunette Saw Mill, Laid law Salmon Tannery,and a cannery at Steveatown were burned to the ground at New Westminster, British Columbia, on the 6th of July, Loss, $200,000.
Scotia, a lumbering town, tw miles from Eureka., Cal., one of most prosperous places in the state, was severely scorched on July 6. Fire started in the Pacific Lumber Company’s mill, destroying the buildings,
, with several millions feet of lumber. The whole town was in danger, and Eureka was called on for assistance. The loss will aggregate $500,000.
On July 6 the village of Forest Lake, in the northern paitof Stockton, Cal., was almost entirely destroyed by fire.
A young lady, reporter for a San Francisco paper, attended all fires in that city on July 4. The fair fire reporter was located in an engine house, and was furnished with ahorse and buggy and driver. A vivid description of a fire alarm, with the accompanying notes taken at the fire, appeared in the journal.
Victoria, B. C.. firemen competed with the Port Angeles, Wash., firemen on the 4th of July in a hose race. The Canadians won, and returned to their city with the trophy presented by the board of trade.
The American cities on the Pacific coast suffered very lightly from fires on the 4th of July.
For many hours the destruction of the Victoria Powder Works at Victoria, B. C., was threatened on July 17, owing to the forest fires nt Telegraph Bay. In the magazine were stored 80,000 pounds of nitro glycerine, and as the building was of wood, it was feared every moment that the showers of sparks would ignite it. The local firemen fought the dames all night, nnd after having been relieved by the employees of the works In the morning, returned to the charge In the afternoon. At a constant risk to all concerned, the powder was finally removed in barges. The works were saved after ail.