Wednesday, February 7, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 7

February 7, 1905 – Fire was discovered in the building of the Faribault Flour & Feed Co. this morning about 8:45. At that time the building was full of smoke, and the flames were beginning to shoot out of the front of the building. Eugene Lieb, who was returning from church with some friends, immediately telephoned the fire department and they responded with speed. It was not difficult to master the fire, but the great danger lay in its liability to spread to the Leach Lumber Yards, which adjoin it. Within three quarters of an hour, however, all traces of the fire had vanished except the blackened and water soaked front of the building.

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The cause of the fire was probably the stove in the office, which was of sheet iron. It is thought that the stove was burned through. There had been precautions taken in case such an accident might occur.

The building was one of the oldest in Faribault and a sentimental loss attaches to it, as it was used as a school building in early days.

The Faribault Journal; Faribault Feed Company Fire. Building of Faribault Feed Co. Destroyed Yesterday Morning. Flames in Dangerous Proximity to Lumber Yard.”; Feb. 8, 1905; p. 1.

1Faribault Journal; Jan. 28, 1903; p. 11.

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