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GONE TO BLAZES.
Seventy Thousand Dollars Fly Up in Smoke. The Particulars of Yesterday's Exciting: Fire. Flame and Wind Defeated by Man's Skill and Pluck. Scenes and Incidents—The Buildings De stroyed—Points About the Insur ance—A Diagram of the Lo cation—Notes. Two men ran out of tbe Norton lodg ing house, on the corner of Seventh and Hill streets, yesterday afternoon at about half-past 3 o'clock. Bight after them came three women, a little column of smoke showed itself in the rear, and in five minutes the roar of flames and the crackling of I (tuning wood was heard, and it was evident the building w aß doomed. It burned like tinder, and it was im mediately seen that there was danger to surrounding houses. On the south on Hill street was a two-story frame dwell ing occupied by Mr. and Mrs. J. Rein art, of Milwaukee. The family had only occupied the house for about a. month, and were at Santa Monica, but the neighbors got the contents pretty well out before the roof began to smoke. Two streams of water were brought into action here, and after a hard fight the Are was subdued after having de stroyed the second story. Meanwhile the Norton block bad fallen in, and the next house to the east, occupied by M. Mancho, a gentleman connected with the Mexican consulate, caught fire, and in a few minutes caved in. The Unity church, on the corner of Broadway and Seventh etreet, so far had suffered no damage. Many fears had been expressed for it, and when it was first seen that the fire department could not confine the fire to the Norton block, it had been evident to close ob servers that this beautiful edifice was doomed. The roof began to smoke, and the west side waß soon dotted by little tongues of flame, which rapidly com bined together, and with a roar and a swirl of smoke and sparks the hand some church was enveloped in a great sheet of fire, which consumed it entirely. On the north side of Seventh etreet, near the corner of Hill, was a two-story frame dwelling, in the lower part of which was a bakery, and lodgings up stairs. This was set. fire several times by the heavy wind carrying great masses of flame across the street, but was finally saved. Just east of the bakery, and extend ing to the corner of Broadway, was the Lankershim Flats. Several times this caught, and at last the flames got well started in the center of the roof. A fruitless attempt was made for some time to reach this by a hose from the ground in the rear, but the flames kept gaining, and it looked as if the building was doomed. At last the hook and ladder truck was wheeled to the rear, the ladder raised, and a hose carried to the roof. In a short time the building was saved. The firemen on the whole did excel lent work and were ably seconded by members qf the Seventh regiment, the police and citizens. The fire was the most extensive lhat ever occurred here, and more people are losers than at any previous conflagration. There was not as much wildness of effort as is usually seen at fires among those laboring to savegoods. Residents of the Lankershim flats and of the neigh boring houses on Hill and Seventh streets, got their belongings out in good order, assisted by the police and mili tary. The latter did guard duty during the afternoon, forming a cordon about the articles of furniture piled up in va cant lots. THE FIRE IN DETAIL. The alarm was turned in by William Stoermer. Smoke was first seen issuing from the Norton building on the Hill street side. In a few .minutes the whole building was ablaze, and the people watched Ihe tapid progress madeoy the fire in amazement. The residents of the neighborhood became alarmed, and well might they be, as it certainly looked as if several blocks would suc cumb to the fire, as a strong wind was blowing at the time. The Norton build ing was in ashes before the department could get a stream oh' 'the building. The mountain of roaring flame spread down Seventh and up Hill street. Then began a great battle between the fire and water. The thousands of people watched the rapid strides being made by the fire with alarm, and it was a providential thing that there happened to be a vacant lot opposite the Norton block, and another one near the church, otherwise yesterday's lire would have caused incalculable damage. The Abbott residence on Hill street south of the Norton was destroyed in a very few minutes, but the progress of the fire was stopped on Hill street after reaching the next building, home of Mr. Reinart. This building was partially destroyed. * In the meantime the flames extended down Seventh street,'destroying a frame cottage and the Unity, church at the corner of Seventh and Broadway. Dui ing this time the Lanskershim building had a very narrow escape from destruc tion. Chief Moore directed all his ener gies to saving the Lankershim block,and streams were played on the building from the front and rear. Notwithstand ing this it looked as ifthe building was destined to go up in |amoke, as at one time flames rushed out from the cupola in tbe center of the roof. The firemen renewed their efforts and the result was the saving of the build ing, but it was damaged considerably. At 5 o'clock the fire was under control, Highest of all in-leavening Power.—U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889. DrtVM Baking \\ySi Powder ABSOLUTELY PURE although it was several hours afterwards before some of the engines went away. LOCATION OF THK FIRE, The following diagram will serve to give an idea of the location of tbe build ings destroyed: 1. Vacant lot. ?. Bakery damaged by water. 3. Vacant lo*. 4. »Lankershim flats. Roof burned, badly damaged by water. 5. Norton block. • Lodging house upper stories. Three stores on rlrst floor; two ol them occupied: grocery store by Alexander and mat trass factory by ri. Landsberg. This building was totally destroyed. 6. Two-story residence occupied by Mr. Mancho. Total loss. Z. Unity church. Total loss . Cottage occupied by R. W. Abbott. Total loss. 9. Two-story residence occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Relnart. Half destroyed. THE LOSSES. It was very difficult to get information in regard to the losses, as most of the victims of the blaze were away from home. The Norton block was a three-story frame building. It occupied the south east corner of Seventh and Hill streets and was built during the boom, costing about $25,000. Two of the stores on Seventh street in this building were oc cupied, one by ft. Lahsberg's mattress factory and the other by Alexander's grocery store. The second and third stories were occupied by several different families, and as nearly all of them were out of the city when the fire broke out, very little information could be ob tained in regard to their losses. In ad dition to Isaac Norton and his family, A. Feintuch, Mrs. Katz, Mrs. Neubauer and several others occupied rooms in the Norton building and lost all their furni ture. Very little of the furniture was insured. Absolutely nothing was saved. The adjoining ewttage on Hill Btreet was also owned by Mr. Norton. It was occupied by R. W. Abbott, who lost all his furniture. There was no insurance on the furniture. The two-story frame building next south of the Abbott cottage, recently purchased by John Reinart for $7000", waß partially destroyed. There was an insurance of $4700 on the building. The best part of the furniture was saved. There was no insuranceon the furniture. Among the occupants of flats in Jhe Lankershim building were Dr. J. D. Seymour, George Montgomery, T. A. Cole, Mrs. H. L. Jordan, Mrs. Win throp and Robert Green. All the furni ture and effects were moved from the Lankershim building, and the only loss will be from the damage by water, and lobs by moving in and out. The dam age to the Lankershim building will probably not exceed $4000. The frame residence occupied by Mr. Mancho, directly opposite the Lanker shim building, was reported to be owned by Mr. De las Casae, but that gentleman could not be found. The building and furniture did not exceed $5000 in value. The house on the south side of Mr. Reinart's is occupied by F. R. Warner, but the residence was not damaged even by water. THE INSURANCE. As far as could be learned last evening the insurance on the buildings was as follows: The Lankershim flats were insured for $8000, with the Meade & Adams agency, as follows: In the British American company, $2000; Michigan company, $2000; St. Paul German Company, $2000; Sun of j San Francisco, $2000. Mr. Robert Green, who lived in the flats, had $500 in the Southern Cali fornia and $400 in the New Zealand. The two-Btory residence occupied by John Reinart was insured for $4500, $1500 being with the NeW Zealand. The Norton block was insured with the Kremer & Campbell agency for $12,000. The Unity chprch was insured with Dobinson & Vetter for $10,000, equally divided among the following companies: London Assurance company of London ; Imperial, Connecticut and National of Ireland. THE TOTAL LOSS. The entire loss will be about $7&,000, less than half of which is covered by in surance. The following estimate will be found to be nearly correct: Unity church 125,000 lsaaj Norton 20,000 Roomers, Norton block 5000 Lanner-ibim building , 4000 Do las Casa 5000 Mr. Abbott 2000 Mr. Reinart 4000 Stores in the Norton block 4000 Other losses 1000 * Total 170,000 THE FIRE'S ORIOIN. The origin of the fire could not be def initely ascertained yesterday. All accounts agree that the first smoke came from the rear of the Norton block, and the neighbors said that a gasoline stove which had been located there had exploded. Mr Niles Pease stated that the first flames seen were in the rear of the Nor ton block, underneath the staircase. THE LOS ANGELES HERALD: MONHAY MORNING, JUNE 1891- which led on the outside of the building to the upper stories. This place was made the receptacle for refuse ashes and tbe like, and it is not impossible that some cinders atill burning had been thrown amongst the ashes there and had smouldered until they set fire to the surrounding woodwork. The members of the congregation of Unity church held their first meeting in their handsome home on the 9th of June, 1889, although the formal dedica tion of the building did not take place till one week later. For several years previous to this date, Rev. Dr. Fay, the founder and first pastor of the congrega tion, had preached from the stage of the Grand opera house, and it was largely through his individual contributions tbat the flock was enabled to build the cosy edifice at the corner of Seventh and. Broadway, the corner stone of which was laid in 1888. Although a comparatively small struc ture, Unity church was admitted to be one of the handsomest places of worship in the city. Its seating capacity was 600 people and its total Coßt, including furnishings, $22,000. For some months past Dr. J. 8. Thompson has presided in the pulpit. THE NATIONAL OUABI).* The Seventh regiment did good ser vice. At the time ihe blaze was dis covered, Lieutenant Chappelear and Lieutenant Baldwin, with a number of men of companiejLA and F, were in the armory on Broadifoy, between Sixth and Seventh streets. Tnese young officers saw at a glance that the affair promised to become serious, so the command "fall in" was given, and the equads went to the scene of action on the double quick. They assisted the families in the Lan kershim flats to remove their goods to the vacant lot south of the armory building, and when it was all out and each family bad seg regated its belongings, Lieutenants Chappelear and Baldwin had the men with bayonets fixed form a cordon around the piles of furniture, trunks and domestic paraphernalia, and stand guard. Colonel Schrieber arrived on the scene early, and with a detachment of men did splendid service on Hill street in assisting the frightened residents to get out their belongings and in maintaining order. The boys looked on the duty as a piece of fun, and though maintaining a soldierly deportment, were evidently enjoying their work. Tbey were active in keeping prowlers away from valua bles, and doubtless prevented a great amount of stealing. DIRELICT FIREMEN. Yesterday's blaze will probably result in a number of vacancies being created in the fire department. The boys as a whole did noble work, but there were a few individuals who proved that they were out of their element at such a time and place and three or four resignations will be asked for as soon as the com mission holds its next meeting. One lineman sought to keep his interior as wet as his exterior, and before the "out" bell rang he was so helplessly drunk that the police patrol was called to carry him home. Chief Moore took his badge away from him as soon as he saw his condition and it is not likely that he will recover it. Another fireman—George McLain, foreman of Company No. I—was censured by the chief for disobeying orders and will also probably lose his position. McLain was stationed to the north of the Lanker shim flats and Was--instructed "to catty his hose into the building to get at the fire from the inside. He either refused or neglected to do this and brought down upon himself the displeasure of the chief. It was also reported last night, but the story could not be verified and is hardly credible, that several firemen were caught stealing small articles from several of the buildings burned and that their names were reported to the chief. MRS. BRAVNARD ALL RIGHT. There were startling rumors current during the latter part of the fire that a woman had perished in the Norton block. The story told was to the effect that Mrs. Braynard, a nurse, who had rooms in the building, was sleeping on the third floor, after having been up all night, and was not wakened till too late. No one had seen Mrs. Braynard after the tire broke out, and she was known to have retired in the forenoon, so the sup position that she had burned to death rapidly gained credence. The police learned of the matter and made a sys tematic search for the missing woman, with the result that Mrs. Braynard was found, safe and. well, at the house of a eatient on the hill. She had left the ouße a few minutes before the fire was discovered, and it had so happened that no one was about when she. passed through the halls. MEROEN'S SALOON ON FIRE. At about half-past 5 a young girl on Sixth street, between Spring and Main, saw smoke coming from the roof of the saloon on the corner of. Sixth and Spring streets kept by Joseph Mergen. An alarm was given and a man climbed on the roof, to whom was passed buckets of water. This kept the names under con trol until the engines arrived, when a stream of water in a few minutes settled the flames. It is supposed that the wind carried sparks irom the fire on Seventh street which fell on the roof of the saloon. NOTES. At 6 o'clock the fire was under con trol. The cabje cars were blocked for two hours. Tom Strohm, ex-chief of the fire de partment, worked like a Trojan and won general commendation for his skill and pluck. Rev. Will A. Knighten worked hard assisting people to save their goods. That high ,hat of his was ruined by water, and'was not insured. Mr. James P. Yates, the efficient rep resentative of the Southern California Insurance company, was on hand. His company only lost $400 by the blaze. Police Officer Vignes picked up a large bucketful of melted silverware in the ruins of the Norton house, which he took to the police station for safe keeping. Mr. Niles Pease saved the Bible from the Unity church pulpit, and secured the box which had been placed in the corner - stone when the church waß built. Captain Roberts, Sergeant Morton and Police Officers Sanchez and Smith did very efficient work in maintaining order, securing property and driving off crooks. A. C. Golsh, the insurance man, was particularly active in helping to Save the goods from the Lankerehim building during the fire, and succeeded in de stroying a first-clasß silk hat that was his own property. Chief Moore has received a great deal of commendation for his management of his forces. It was no small feat to save THE CnUKCH OF THE UNITY. * tbe Lankershim flats from complete de struction with the heavy southwest wind constantly blowing burning cinders on the roof. T. C. Jen.iison, in carrying some fra gile articles down stairs, lost his footing near the head of the stairs, and per formed the remainder of the journey on his back. The goods he carried were un injured. One gentleman who lost $1800 worth of furniture in the flames feels more chag-ined over his loss than he might otherwise, because of the fact that he is by occupation an insurance agent, and did not have a cent of insurance on his own property. An active member of the salvage corps was F. H. Coulter, who helped carry out furniture and household effects long after the shower from the fire hose had commenced. He was struggling last evening with a severe sore throat, in duced by drenched clothing. The hottest place at the fire was on Seventh street, between the church and the flats. Notwithstanding that they could hardly breathe four or five fire men maintained a position at this place with a hose playing steadily on the Lankershim building. Their courage alone probably saved that structure. Three Chinamen were discovered at the fire rummaging about the rear of the Lankershim house trying to see what they could steal. The police drove them away three times, but they as often returned, till at.last one of the officers used his boot on one of them to such good effect that they created no more trouble. Pickpockets made themselves especi ally numerous at the fire and four cases of ladies being robbed have been re ported. One lady lost a purse contain ing $5 in gold. She says that she held her hand upon it nearly all the time, only removing it to point out something to a friend, but when she put her hand to her pocket again the money was gone. One of the indirect sufferers by tbe fire is Mrs. Bennett, of the county tax collector's office, who occupied rooms in the bakery building west of the Lanker shim flats. Mrs. Bennett fitted up her place with new and costly furniture only a short time ago. She succeeded in getting it all out of the building, but in a badly demoralized condition. It will be remembered that Mrs. Ben nett's husband was killed by Indians in Sonora, Mexico, several years ago. She has found a temporary home with friends in Boyle Heights until she can gather the remnant of her effects to gether and resume housekeeping. Simmons Liver Regulator cures general de bility and will give you a new lease on life. WHY WILL YOU cough when Shiloh's Cure will give immediate relief? Price 10 cts, 50 cts. and $1. For sale by Heinzeman, 222 N. 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