Cripple Creek fire The Daily Tribune Salt Lake City, Utah April 26, 1896 Page 5, Column 5
CRIPPLE CREEK FIRE. j LOSS WILL GO ABO'VE A MILLION !'DOLLARS. to | Several Women Dangerously Wound- ! ed, and a. Fireman Has His Leg- i Blown Oft—To be Rebuilt. Cripple Creek, Colo.. April 25.—One million dollars is a conservative estimate of the damage done by this afternoon's fire, though some estimates are as high as two million. The amount of insurance, as nearly as can be learned, will not exceed $250.000. The danger of a big conflagration was not perceived. and i it was thought that tho firemen. i who were early on the scene, would have the flames under control in a very few minutes. But in a short time the lire had spread to the~ adjoining buildings and a. brisk wind sprang up. Then it was conceded by all that at least half a dozen buildings near the corner of Meyers and Third streets would v\ estrian Statue. have to g - o, o.nd the occupants began to move out. But many had'waited too" long-, and were unable to get to their groocls. Sorrifi: barely-escaped with their fives, several 'women'."being,darigrerouplyl burned. Every minute a.ddsd fury- to' the flrames. and when the fire had spread several'doors on either side, the danger to., th.e' city was- observed, but ..no one could' realize how great .the damage'would'be; The heat became, so intense .that/buildings on the north side of Meyers street took fire. Then it w,is that the occupants of stores and offices saw the true' danger and-began to make'preparations- to save their pos- .sessions, Every wagon in town was pressed 'into service, and goods u~ere hauled away: Not a tenth part of the ?-oods Nvere saved. . By the time the oostofflce'had caught, it. became evident that the only way to stop the progress of the fire was to BLOW UP BUILDINGS with dynamite.' This wa.s done under the 1 supervision-;of the firemen, and a number of^buildingRinhad to. be; sacrificed before' the// are- 'had reached them. The fire, started about 1 o'clock, and by 4 it: had .demolished the blocks be- .tween.'T-hia-d wind r Fifth, on Meyers, between -Third arid' Fifth on Bennett, .stopping-just'this side of the. new Mid- Jandi"-depot-> a.nd<- warehouse, between Third-'and-dT'ifth on-:Gai-r..:..With the exr cention of a fe%y buildings-on the Third street side, nearly-all . the buildings betwee7i'TbinTahd Fifth'on Eaton were destroyed. / INCIDENTS OF THE FIRE. The property:'on .Meyers 'avenue was occupied ; in": the :most part by demir monde and saloons.- Two variety theaters. Topic and .Holland's, were burned a.nd innumerable dance halls.' Several accidents ot a minor cheuracter occurred.: but none were fatal. Grace Clifton . was badly" burned about the face and 'hands. J,- Anderson, while placing- a chaa-ge of dynamite under the Sisters' hospital to blow it, up. "had a, leg torn off by a prerriature. explosion. The postoffice on Bennett avenue is. a total wreck,; only the vault standing. Twenty . thousand .letters .and thousands of packages were destroyed. The First National bank's vault is standing. All the- books a.nd'papers -were saved and the bank opened for business while its building- was burning, in a room adjoining the Bimetallic bank. The Episcopal and Congregational churches were destroyed. The city jail, in which were confined about twenty prisoners, has only the iron' capes left. The prisoners were r released. The Sisters' hospital 'was blown up after the patients had been removed. A report was-started -that thieves were busy, _and a < hundred deputie« were at once' sworn a.ri.d "the' militia oailed, out, but" no depredations were committed. " Hundreds of people were made homeless, but they were all given shelter bj'' the generous people of the town. The fallen women were made welcome- in the best houees in th» city. • • "THE CHIEF LOSERS. The following is a partial list of the heavier loesea,- the confusion maklnr it impossible -to' give anything like a full list: * ' -, , Fowler & Co., grocers, $5,000; Smith's dry g-oods ' hVuse, '' $20,000; -postoffice building; $25.000; .Thorseii's dry goods, store, $25,600;- Weyna, Bros, clothing: store, $30,000; Gandolfo Irtilt; store, $8000; Central theater dance"hall, $6000; Hoi land's, theater, $15,000; Colorado li- quor-heuse, $13,000;-Crlpple Creek Morn- rooms, $1$,000; t Peertesa saloon, $5600; Boy an.ton, , . brother*. $30,000; Lev! Stra.uss, Jl&,000; t 'Falrey .Bros., furniture, $40,000;>*Croes lawyer Denny'* '• office-, »tore, $8000; : 17306; McCoy block, -.$20,000; Canton, block, $20,000; First NatfoiiaLbank, building. $25,000.