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Newspaper Accounts of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks
and other Calamities

Big Fire Loss at Rock Island, Ill
Rock Island, III. Fire Friday night caused $500,000 damage In the yards of the Rock Island Lumber company and the Rock Island Sash and Door Works. Twenty million feet of lumber and two saw mills were destroyed.
[Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 23, 1908 Page 2 - Sub by Barb Z.]

Blaze Threatens Weckel Grocery, but Is Soon Extinguished.

Fire broke out just before noon in the Weckel grocery store on Third avenue, and for a time it looked as though the whole place was on fire from the amount of smoke which poured out the front entrance. It was soon discovered, however, that the fire was not really inside of the store and prompt action prevented it from reaching there. The blaze was under a wooden platform at the rear entrance to the store, and close proximity of the gasoline and kerosene tanks in the rear of the cellar. A fire extinguisher refused to work and the department was called. The damage was but nominal. [Rock Island Argus News; May 24, 1909]



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