The Porcupine Conflagration.

The Porcupine Conflagration.

A recent dispatch from the Porcupine district says: Although the various relief expeditions covered the greater portion of the burned Porcupine district, they failed to report any further loss of life than that previously reported, which placed the number of fives lost at about 100. With the arrival of aditional relief workers, the burned area is being covered more thoroughly. Many of the missing are believed to have fled far into the interior and found refuge at isolated farmhouses. Although safe, they may not he heard from for several weeks. Reports by the latest survivors indicate that the fires started in immense blotches, instead of in one place, and failed to cover the whole district. The first refugees of the fire-swept district, horror-stricken by the disaster, believed that the flames must have swept a very great area. The latest of the survivors say that the devastated area was confined to tlie townships’ of Whitney and Tisdale, and that the fires are out. The work of rebuilding the mine structures has also begun. The largest area burned was that comprising the townships of Tisdale and Whitney, where were situated the towns of Porcupine, South Porcupine and Pottsville, and the largest mines. The fire that destroyed Cochran, 100 miles distant from Porcupine, must have started independently of the ones in and about the Porcupine district.

EAST AND NORTH SIDES OF BUILDING AFTER FIRE, WICHITA, KAN.

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