St. Anthony, ID Town Fire, Jan 1913

Ruins St. Anthony circa 1910 St Anthony IDAHO First National Bank fire Winter 1913.jpg

FIRE THREATENS TO DESTROY TOWN.

LARGEST BLOCK IN ST. ANTHONY, IDAHO, COMPLETELY GUTTED -- WATER SUPPLY CUT OFF BY FROZEN PIPES -- FIREMEN AND CITIZENS WORKING DESPERATELY.

FAMILIES FLEEING WITH HOUSEHOLD GOODS.

FIRE CONTINUES TO SPREAD AND ENTIRE TOWN SEEMS DOOMED -- COLD IS INTENSE -- REXBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVES ON SPECIAL TRAIN.

St. Anthony, Ida., Jan. 22. -- A fire which started in the ROSS HAMER block early today and spread to adjoining buildings, still was making headway at noon and threatening the entire town. A small water supply, at first available, soon failed on account of frozen pipes. A rough estimate of the loss up to noon was $500,000.
Fire fighting apparatus was rushed here from nearby towns, but proved of little use on account of the water shortage.
Several narrow escapes resulted from the collapse of roofs and walls.
A high wind carried the flames to adjacent buildings, while firemen and citizens fought valiantly to prevent structures across the street from becoming ignited.
Cold Intense.
A number of persons were overcome by the cold. The origin of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
St. Anthony is the Fremont county seat, the location of the State Industrial school and has a population of about 2,000. The county is the second richest in the state and the town is the distributing point for an extensive agricultural territory.
Shortly afternoon the fire, after being fought for over five hours, was got under control.
Later and more conservative estimates placed the loss at $250,000. About half this amount is covered by insurance.

St. Anthony, Ida., Jan. 22. -- The ROSS HAMER block, the largest building in St. Anthony, is on fire. Frozen pipes have practically cut off the water supply and the entire town is threatened.
A desperate effort is being made by firemen and citizens to prevent the flames spreading. The fire was discovered at 7 a.m. and an hour later was making rapid headway. The loss of this building alone would amount to over $250,000.
The building is occupied by the First National bank, the Consolidated Wagon and Machine company, with a stock of $10,000; CHASE Furniture company, $50,000; Bell Telephone company exchange and offices, and by many business and professional men.
There seems no possibility of checking the fire.
Families Fleeing.
The flames from the ROSS HAMER block are spreading to adjacent buildings on the same side of the street. Buildings across the street are in imminent danger. Families are fleeing with their household goods.
The fire continues to spread. The ROSS HAMER block is completely gutted and the other buildings in the block all seem doomed. Great fear is entertained for the entire town. The wind, changing suddenly, whipped long tongues of flames over the tops of buildings across the street. The water supply has absolutely failed on account of the intense cold.
Rexburg Comes To Aid.
The roof of the GWYNN block, to which the flames spread, caved in with a sudden crash that nearly caught a score of persons beneath. The Rexburg fire department has just arrived on a special train. The walls of the ROSS HAMMER block collapsed, but it is believed the securities of the First National bank are safe.

The Evening Standard Ogden City Utah 1913-01-22

Comments

totally fascinating

I knew there had been a fire there years ago. My dad told me about it. Thank you for the details.

1913 fire in St. Anthony

Wow! I've long been interested in St. Anthony history, and this is the first time I've heard of the fire of 1913. Thank you so much for the story and the photos. If you have other St. Anthony stories out there, please let me know. Where did you get the photos? Could I buy prints?