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April 26, 1912; Liberty Register

 

One of the most destructive fires visiting Liberty for some time occurred Tuesday forenoon when the Swannanoa, one of the largest summer hotels in the village was practically destroyed.

The fire alarm was given at 9:40 and as the people rushed into the streets, the answer that came in response to the question, where is the fire? Was the Swannanoa

The fire companies responded immediately and in an incredibly short time the three companies were on the scene and working strenuously to check the flames. The building which is at the corner of Buckley Street and Champlin Ave., on very high ground and the water pressure was not sufficient to do the effective work that might have been done under more favorable conditions.

The wind was blowing a terrific gale and was a great handicap to the firemen in their work, although the flames seemed to be checked rather than increased by its severity.

When the firemen reached the building the entire upper portion was ablaze and the flames were coming from the roof nearly the entire length. It was necessary to carry the hose up ladders and fight the fire in this way and too much praise cannot be given the firemen and fire chief Wells for the effective work done by them…

It was a four story wooden structure 40x106 feet, having an annex 28x36 feet and at the time it was built is said to have cost $27,000. It was furnished throughout and accommodated from 100 to 140 people, there being 61 sleeping rooms in the main building.

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