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Coalhurst Fire

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 76 - 77

Heavy Loss in Coalhurst Fire
Grist Mill is Destroyed But Owner Plans to Rebuild
(From Our Own Correspondent.)

COALHURST, Feb. 5 - A fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the building and contents of the Coalhurst flour mill last night, causing a loss of $12,000 to the owner, A. Locatelli. The fire was first noticed shortly after 9 o'clock, when the blaze broke through the roof of the building in the central part.

Mr. Lacatelli and family live close to the mill, but with the blinds down in their house they were completely unaware of the burning mill until by chance voices were heard outside, and upon investigating they found the mill in flames. A large crowd quickly gathered.

The town fire-fighting apparatus was secured and an attempt made to reach the fire with hose attached to the town hydrants. The distance, however, was too great, and there being no other water available little could be done to save either the building or contents. Volunteers chopped holes in the granary, which was on the north side of the building, and in spite of the intense heat shovelled back a large portion of the 3000 bushels of wheat which was store there. The wheat was considerably scorched and will be only suitable for chicken feed, but is being gathered up by the owner and taken care of. The stock of flour and ground feed consisting of 150 bags of flour and 100 bags of ground grain were completely destroyed.

Mr. Locatelli and his family have built up a splendid flour and milling business in the past two years, and keenly feel their loss. They are determined however, to rebuild at the earliest possible date a bigger and better mill and continue to serve the community as they have in the past. Wheat has been brought from over 100 miles for milling here.

The building and contents were partly covered by insurance.

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