Disastrous Fire, Almost.

On last Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. the usual quiet of the village was startled by the cry of "Fire! Fire!! Fire!!" The uproar came from the corner of Water and Second streets and the first imitation of fire came when Geo., Williams rushed into the side door of the postoffice and cried "The mail route is on fire." He immediately corrected himself and managed to say, "Sig's hen coop is going up." A general exodus was made and when the outer air was gained the following was heard. "Get the hook! Get the hook" and "unhook the horse," "Cut the tugs and let him go." At this juncture the voice of carrier Sigafoos was heard as follows, "Don't cut a darn thing. Leather is too darn high."

Smoke thick and suffocating was issuing from the coop, and it was evident that something should be done in a hurry. Carrier Sigafoos took in the situation in about fours seconds and said, "Who will volunteer? I haven't been Chief of this Fire Department for seven years without learning how to handle fires. What we need now is water, but the absence of that let's use snow.

Postmaster Bardwell kindly supplied a pail and with the application of about 40 buckets of snow the blaze was finally gotten under control. THe fire was caused, in the opinion of the insurance adjuster, who was soon on the spot, by the faulty construction of his heating plant, which was of the hot air system. We understand that Carrier Sigafoos carried a $2.50 insurance on his rig and that the company offered to settle with him for fourty-five cents, claiming that they could duplicate for that amount. Carrier Sigafoos threatens suit, claiming that as longs as he has paid premium on $2.50 he should be allowed that much insurance. Sigafoos says, however, that next fall he will install hot water and move his plant to the basement. He is also sorry that he will not be able to sue somebody for damaged feelings, for he fears that the boys of the village will in the future be shouting to him, "Get the Hook! Get the Hook!!"


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Minnetonka Record, January 12, 1912