Fire at James Mullaney’s House

A SLIGHT BLAZE ON WASHINGTON STREET: The alarm of fire was sounded on Tuesday, about 11 o’clock a.m., which proved to be in a small barn of James Mullaney’s on Washington street. The Hook and Ladder Company started almost instantly from the engine building, the firemen coming on the run from down town and catching hold of the rope. About the same time Mr. N.S. Hubble came from his house, near the fire, on a horse, on a dead run, and took the forward end of the rope, and with a turn around the horn of his saddle, helped the boys amazingly and kept them on a dead run until they reached the fire, five blocks away. The engine was started almost as soon, probably not more than a minute behind, and hauled to the cistern on Idaho street and the hose laid as far as it would reach, 1,000 feet, to the block where the fire was, but could not reach the fire by about 200 feet, although the hose partially commanded Captain Griffin’s residence on the same block, on which they threw some water. Mullaney’s barn was very frail and burned down by the time the Hook and Ladder Company reached there; but Captain Griffin’s barn, a good substantial small building, stood almost adjoining Mullaney’s and took fire and burned down. The Captain had a good buggy in his barn which he saved. No other building stood near enough to be in danger. Mr. Mullaney was at work on the Walling ditch, but soon got to the fire. He told us he had no idea how the fire originated. Some say that his children were in the barn playing they were getting dinner and started a fire with matches they could not put out. They went to house and told their mother and she went with a pail of water, but the fire had spread and was beyond control. The lost to Mr. Mullaney is not over one hundred dollars, while Captain Griffin’s loss is probably two hundred and fifty or three hundred dollars.

Source:  Idaho Statesman, April 7, 1881.

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