In the summer of 1910, fire was in the headlines for Washington State

  • Source: The Daily World
  • Published: 07/27/2020 12:00 AM

Late-July 1910 saw the Harbor beset by fires, not particularly unusual during the summer in small timber towns. It was the massive holocaust in Hoquiam on July 22, 1910 that killed two and injured many more that held the headlines when the substantial, picturesque four-story Hotel Hoquiam was reduced to rubble in an early morning blaze. Cosmopolis – Fire was discovered about four o’clock this morning in a one-story frame building on Main street, owned by the Grays Harbor Commercial Co., and occupied as a bowling alley and cigar store. The fire department was quickly on the scene after the alarm was given, and succeeded in confining the flames to the building in which they originated. The building and contents are almost a total loss, and the amount of insurance, if any, is unknown. Hoquiam – Damages to the extent of $5,000 was done to the city hall here today when fire broke in the attic of the building, threatening its destruction.


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