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 able to get more hose lines over the roofs of the drug store and the meat & grocery buildings. The fire never got past the bakery but it wiped out all the buildings from the Progress Meat & Grocery north to and including the Dry Goods Store. The only things left standing were the brick walls of those buildings and some of those walls had fallen over. The firewall between the Progress Meat and the Bakery had done the job of stopping the fire at that point and saving the two south buildings and perhaps the Hotel building. When I say the hoses over the roofs had saved the south buildings 1 get an argument from my sisters. They were taken to their grandmother's place two blocks west of the fire, along with their cousins Gable and Atria Bertelson who lived in the aparment above the Progress Meal & Grocery. These kids would go outside to see the fire and then run into the house to pray for it to stop. Then they would run outside again to see if it stopped. Well. maybe - Anyway it stopped there and they were still putting water on the burning debris the next morning. The Bakery building was rebuilt right away. The Theater wasn't rebuilt until the next year. 1 don't remember when the Dry Goods Store was rebuilt. People do strange things when they are excited. I remember seeing men moving furniture from the apartment above the Bakery. There was a balcony out over the side waft. They look a dresser and other furniture out onto the balcony and dropped it to the street while others were carrying bedding down the stairway. In those days the women would carry a few coins tied in the earner of their handkerchiefs. Mac Bertelson left her ironing board set up in her kitchen and had laid her handkerchief on the ironing board with sixty five cents tied in the comer of it. They lived in the apartment above the Progress Meat &. Grocery. She found her handkerchief with the sixty five cents the next afternoon over behind the West Ward Tabernacle. The money was still there. Much was lost besides that which burned. The plate glass windows were broken out of the Grocery Stores and the merchandise was thrown out onto the street into piles. Water soaked the labels so no one could tell what the cans contained or to whom they belonged. A gang of men were going to move the meat counter in the Progress Market when someone stepped them. If they had moved the case and broken loose from the ammonia pipes, there would have been no more firefighting that night. The ammonia fumes could have kept everyone away for a block or more. Another thing about fire fighting equipment has come to my mind. 122
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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 326188
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