A Small Blaze

Skidmore citizens averted disaster on this date in 1899.  From the September 1, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

A Small Blaze

Last Friday at about the noon hour the discovery was made that Bosley’s elevator was on fire.  The blaze was on the roof and had not gained much headway when first seen.  The alarm was given which brought an impromptu fire fighting brigade to the burning building in an incredible short time, and the blaze was hastily extinguished.  But for the prompt discovery of the blaze before it had assumed uncontrollable proportions, the greater portion of the business section would likely gone up in smoke.  An east wind was blowing which would have favored the spreading of the fire to the new livery barn and Mrs. Manchester’s residence and the Windsor hotel and thence on west, so we have cause for congratulations on the timely discovery of the fire.

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