1901 Davenport fire

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1901 Davenport fire - WORST FIRE IN CITY'S Eight Blocks or More Swept...
WORST FIRE IN CITY'S Eight Blocks or More Swept of Homes and Business Houses. Not a Shingle Left in the Great Weycrhauser & Denkinann Lumber Yards. More Than Two Hundred People Lose Every Thing. The Looses May Go Dolh Many Prostrations Heat and Greater Loss Saved by land and The Work of Distributing Relief erously Underway. Above One Million lars. from the Intense Overwork. Help from Moline. Rock Is- is Now Gen- HISTORY! steadily eastward through this, as soon as it had crossed the logway of the mill, on its south side, but though this would have made a big lire of itself, it was a sideshow compared with the main conflagration, on the north side of River street, between Davis street and Case street and Tremont avenue. This tract of four or five acres of f.O-foot piles of tinder-dry lumber became a veritable volcano of tlame almost in an instant. Men Were Helpless. The first signs of demoralization were seen in the spao between the mill and the river, mentioned above. The firemen were in there, the private hose lines of the sawmill and the flour mill were pumping their hardest, and the men at those lines were holding their ground in the lace of the danger of being wholly shut, in, but the time came when they had to fly. and when they went they had to ('.top the hose nnd run for their lives. A switch engine ran down the Rock Island yard track to the switches of the sawmill and the Riverside mill, and tried to pull tin; six or eight cars that were standing there, but it was too hot to make couplings to the Innermost of them, and at least two of these cars had to be left. When the nieji ran out of here finally they had to leave their lines of hose. They had no time to shut off the water. The fire soon ate through the hose, and the streams were open as .long as the (lumps ran. The big ironclad dryshed, used for the selected siding, and standing on the northwest corner of River street and Tremont avenue, took fire, and the lumber company's olllce, immediately across River street from the mill. Ry this time the liames were flaring along the elvated lumber runway on the south side of River street, across the wooden truss bridge that spanned River street, and thence along the several runways that intersected the main yard, from end to end, and the scene was aproai king its culmination. The firemen were simply out. of it. The hydrant; at the corner by the office was hemmed in by flames on nil sides, and the hose leading to it had to be abandoned, nnd the water left' running. The lines

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  1. Quad-City Times,
  2. 26 Jul 1901, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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