|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/9/1931.
Another Likely Fire
Following so closely on the Buck fire of Sunday night, residents of
Grantsville were terrified Wednesday night about ten o'clock when the fire
alarm was sounded and it was announced that fire had broken out under the
Jarvis furniture store.
The fire was there all right, occasioned when Ray Waldo, who lives in
an apartment in the rear of the building went searching for a gas leak
with a lighted match and found it. A small volume of gas had collected
under the building and when lighted, exploded and the flames caught in
some excelsior, trash and what have you stored under the building for safe
keeping. Ray got busier than a one armed paperhanger with the hives,
and was able to beat out the flames.
It was a mighty narrow escape, however, and had the flames gotten under
headway a large portion of Grantsville would be in ashes today. All
the buildings in the block are of frame construction and nothing could
have saved them.
It is said that conditions under the Stemple building are terrible,
tinder-like trash and refuse being piled high and open to where a cigarette
stub may be tossed any hour. If the town council is unable to remedy
the condition, property owners and residents who are endangered are apprised
that a word to the state fire marshal will bring in a jaybird who will
see that the place is cleaned up in a jiffy.