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.