West Salem, WI fire, Jul 1911


Entire Business Section Wiped Out by Conflagration Starting in Lumber Yard.

LA CROSSE, Wis., July 1. - Fire starting in a lumber yard this afternoon wiped out the business section of the village of West Salem at a loss of $300,000, and for a time threatened to destroy the residence section. Breaking out suddenly in the lumber ward of F. I. Boiles, the fire spread rapidly to the adjoining lumber yard of Sander & Cullman and, driven by a brisk south wind, jumped the North Western & Milwaukee railroad tracks and communicated to the business section. With great velocity the blaze swept up both sides of the only business street, making a clean sweep of all but tow business houses, which stood on the further end of a long block. Fire departments of La Crosse, Bangor and Sparta responded quickly to call for assistance and it was their aggressive work that saved the residence district.

The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 3 Jul 1911