Record Argus 5/26/1911
FIRE AT CONNEAUT LAKE New Fire Apparatus Proves ItsJYorth DELL SHEARER INJURED New I. O. O. F. Block Threatened, But New Fire Apparatus Saved it; One Resident Was Frightfully Burned. Conneaut l^ake, May 26. Fire broke out in the warehouse In •the rear of the hardware store ol W. D. First at Conneaut. Lake, last evening at, 9:45 o'clock and for a time it appeared as though the entire I. O. O. F. block in which the First store and the drug store ol nankin & Blair are located would be destroyed. One man. Dell Shearer, clerk in the hardware store, was seriously burned during the fire and lies at his home suffering a great deal of pain. There was a social in the Presbyterian church and a majority of (lie inhabitants of the village were in attendance when the fire broke out. Shearer discovered it and after turning in the alarm, did all in his power to extinguish it but his efforts were, unavailing. In a ( O \v moments, however, .the men at the social had reached tho spot with the hose carts and the new chemical wagon and in a short time had the flames under control, but. not before the hardware store was seriously damaged and the stock of the drug store, located in the same building badly smoked and damp from the water and chemicals. The cause of the lire was not known at an early hour this morning nor the extent of the loss which was partially covered by insurance. Mr. Shearer, who was injured In fhe fire, had both hands deeply burned and one arm almost cooked. He was carried to (he ofiice of a physician and after having his wounds dressed was suffering so intensely that it was necessary to give him a hypodermic- injection before endeavoring to remove him to his home where he will be confined some considerable time. The owners of tho property are. very enthusiastic, as indeed are the other residents of the village over the effectiveiiess of Ihe new chemical wagon, which enabled the tire- men to have .the lire under control shortly after they arrived on the spot. It was the lirsl, time Ihe apparatus was ever used, it. having been installed but a few weeks ago.