OLD NEWS: Business Block In Spencer Destroyed 1914

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/15/1914.

Spencer Devastated

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 insurance.

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.