Washington, DC Traction Company Fire, Sep 1897

GOES UP IN SMOKE.

VALUABLE PROPERTY DESTROYED AT WASHINGTON.

FIREMEN DRIVEN BACK BY HEAT.

A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE LAYS THE MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE OF THE CAPITAL TRACTION COMPANY IN ASHES IN A SHORT TIME -- LOSSES ON BUILDING, MACHINERY AND OTHER THINGS ESTIMATED AT $1,000,000.

Washington, Sept. 30. -- Fire broke out in the central power station of the Capital Traction company at 11 p.m., and in 30 minutes the magnificent six-story structure was doomed. The building occupies the entire block from Pennsylvania Avenue to C Street and from Thirteen-and-a-Half Street to Fourteenth. The blaze started on the southwest corner, and despite the efforts of the entire fire department, swept like the wind through the enormous building.
The heat was so intense that the men were driven from the adjoining streets. When it bacame evident that no efforts could save the power station the department turned its attention to the adjoining property, but the flames leaped across Fourteenth Street on the west to a big livery stable and then across Thirteen-and-a-Half Street on the east and attacked a row of 3-story brick houses.
So fearful was the heat that the firemen could not get within reach of the burning buildings. They were driven back foot by foot until the streams from the hose pipes could not reach the fire.
Approximately the loss is about $500,000 on the building; about $300,000 on machinery and stored cars, while the losses sustained by the tenants will amount to $200,000 more, making the damage $1,000,000.

Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1897-09-30