The Big Fire in Ephraim

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
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Title The Big Fire in Ephraim
Description an explosion and the room was filled with flame immediately, there was nothing the operator could do but get out of there. Someone on the street saw the fire coming from the windows of the theater and ran to the City Hall and sounded the fire alarm. The alarm was the bell in the tower of the old City Hall. The large bell had two sounds. The one was the melodious sound of the main dong striking the bell as it was rocked back in forth by the pulling of the rope that extended down into the hallway of the old City Hall. That method was used to call people 10 meetings and other special occasions, and it was rung for curfew every night at nine o'clock to get the kids off the street. The alarm bell had a different sound. It was a clapper that was pulled by another rope. It made a rapid staccato sound. It was a frightening sound that warned of any emergency. 1 think that alarm bell probably sounded more frightening to us then the sirens do today. The fire fighting equipment consisted of a hose reel mounted on two wheels about the size of buggy wheels and had a tongue so it could be drawn by hand or behind some vehicle. It possibly carried about five hundred feet of fire hose and a couple of nozzles. This much hose wouldn't do much toward fighting a fire like that one that was raging across the street. A cry went out to other communities in the valley for help and they responded by bringing what fire fighting equipment they had. There were six business buildings, (seven if you count the hotel building just across the narrow alley west of the Anderson Drug) and except for the Hotel building they were all connected together as one and some of them shared common walls. There was the D.W. Anderson building on the corner. It housed the Anderson Drug, The Ephraim Cash Grocery on the street level and an apartment on the second floor. The second floor also housed the telephone office and a Dentist office. Next on the north was the Progress Meat & Grocery with the store on the street level and an apartment upstairs. To the north of that was the Bakery Shop and the Theater with a small Shoe Shop sandwiches between them and to the north of the theater was the O.J. Bracken dry good store. There was also an apartment above the Bakery. The fire had a good start and could have very easily wiped out the whole row of buildings and perhaps the Hotel. Then someone had a good idea. They put the fire hose over the drug store building and over the brick firewall between the Progress Market building and the Bakery. By this time the buildings from this point and north were pretty well all ablaze. There was no hope of saving these buildings but as more hose arrived from the surrounding towns they were 121
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326187
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