Rawlins Railroad Station Destroyed

Rawlins Railroad Station Destroyed

Sparks from a passing engine are thought to have been the cause of the fire which recently destroyed the Northern Pacific freight station at Rawlins, Wyo. The fire started early in the afternoon in the trash that had accumulated under the platform and, as it was badly soaked with oil from the large quentities unloaded there, the whole platform was ablaze and the depot involved when the department, under Chief Thomas Reid, arrived. Soon after, an oxy-acetylene tank on the platform exploded with a force that sent its fragments to a distance of several hundreds of yards and threw flames high in the air. The firemen held manfully to their posts, notwithstanding the danger of further explosions, and prevented the fire from spreading to the buildings close by. Chief Reid reports that the American-LaFrance engine was attached to one of the hydrants and proved its worth, as it gave out a solid stream from an inch-and-aquarter nozzle, which had a remarkable effect and did more than any other one thing to prevent the spread of the flames. Four streams were thrown on the fire from hvdrants and engine. The loss on freight and building was estimated at $25,000. but the townspeople are said to show no regrets for the destruction of the building, as a new structure, better suited to the needs of the progressive and thriving place, will now be erected.

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