Thirty Blocks Burned at Cle Elum

Thirty Blocks Burned at Cle Elum

Thirty blocks, including the main business section of Cle Elum, Wash., were destroyed, in a fire which swept the little Washington city recently. The fire started about 1 o’clock in the afternoon, in the rear of a racket store, and when discovered, the rear end of the store and of a theatre was burning. Driven by the high wind the flames spread rapidly and in three hours the fire had gone nearly to thq eastern boundary of the city, a distance of ten blocks. It spread over a width of three and four blocks in places. For a distance of six blocks in the east end of the city not a building was standing over a width of three blocks. Both banks, telephone exchange, picture theatres, several restaurants, the largest hardware stores and furniture stores were burned. Explosives were resorted to in checking the fire, several buildings being dynamited by the fire department. Another fire broke out in woods a mile west of town, and this was under control by 6 o’clock. An unknown sheep herder was arrested on suspicion that he set fire in the woods. He was caught by men when running from tree to tree and hiding behind brush. A fire engine was sent on a special train from Ellensburg, Wash., and helped to control the fire. Chief H. W. Bringhurst, o fSeattle. went to Cle Elum later to assist in relief work, as hundreds of persons were made homeless by the fire.

Chief W. H. Joynes, Richmond.

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