Total Loss in Fire at Holden

Total Loss in Fire at Holden

An early morning fire from unknown origin destroyed the Island Creek Coal Company’s general store at Holden, W. Va., December 12. The two-story stone and wood building occupied a 50 x 100 foot area in the main section of the city and when firemen arrived in response to a telephone alarm sent in at 2 a. m., a fire beyond control was raging in the basement. With no pumping engines or other apparatus, 25 firemen were in service, throwing four good hydrant streams from the two 6-in. double hydrants available. These stood about 100 feet apart. Gravity pressure in the 8-inch street main gave a 100-pound pressure. Six hundred feet of rubber-lined hose, with 1-inch nozzles were used. Circumstances of the fire made the work a long siege of 24 hours when it was finally subdued with a total loss of about $100,000. Fortyfive people were employed at this store, it being one of the largest in the Guyan Valley coal fields.

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