|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/15/1914.
The town of Spencer was visited by a devastating fire which broke out
about one o'clock Monday morning. One of the principal business blocks
was destroyed before the flames could be checked. The Grand Hotel
building, in which was located the post office, and Smith building, adjoining,
were completely destroyed. The total loss is estimated at about $45,000.
Very few articles were saved. The hotel building was covered by $14,000
The fire originated in the Smith building and quickly spread to those
adjoining. An insufficient supply of water handicapped the fire fighters
who endeavored to keep the flames from spreading. In this they were
successful and the conflagration was confined to one block.
No loss of life is reported from the fire, though many escaped from
the burning buildings in their night clothes.
The new reservoir being built will furnish fire protection it is believed.
It covers several acres of ground.
It will be remembered that about three years ago the block near the
railroad was burned out. The whole city was almost destroyed about
20 years ago, while 15 years ago it was visited by a very destructive fire.