Cripple Creek fire The Leader Democrat April 27, 1896 Page 1, Column 4
DONE BYJBROOKS. Robbery Back of the Cripple Creek Fire. PLAN TO LOOT THE BANKS. A Winchester, dofps Thwarted the Dlsipns of Thieves. ' LOSS WILL REACH A MILLION. The Fire Btfan Soon After I O'clock Sat urday Afternoon anj Burned Un - ( - til Sunday Morning - . CRIPPLE' CHEEK. Cok.. April 27 Information has been gathered by the chi - f of police which make It almost poltlve that the great fire Saturday alt - moon wa the work of Incendarleg. wUh he object of plunder. It Is be - Ifrrted that the banks were the objective pofnta and that they were to have been loot - - ! In the exclUsm - nl If a favorable opportunity offered. Th - re are nMmbers of crooks In the 3i but owing to the lack of Jail facili ties they have been unmolested f ur a time The amount f plundering that w.'iit on during the excitement Satur day was enormous. It was first reported that the fire was started by a lighted lamp thrown by a wayward woman at a man In the Cen tral th - ater ur dance hall, but facta do not sustain this. Twelve blocks In all were burned and the. los Is a million dollars. Hundreds of pevipl w. - re rendered homeless but no lives were lost. Tli - Mames were fanned by a fierce gaFr. In the midst of which the water supjilv aave out and several building wet - blown up with dynamite to save th" rest of the city. Tlie nre begun soon after 1 o'clock bun it was 3 o'clock before any organised organised effort wa made. Then runners wer - sent into the hill and every vehicle vehicle obtainable, every horse and every, map within reach was soon engaged In the work of salvage. Household floods wer - dragged Into the streets and as faat as possible loaded Into wagons and hauled away. Cashier Lindsay of the First National bank, organised a Win chester corps and taking all the money. oooava Ma securities from the vault, marched through the crowded streets and out Into the hills, where the proper ty was placed under guard. Tte fire burned until daylight Sunday morning. '