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The Kingsport Times
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1928
THREE GATE CITY BUILDINGS BURN
Fire of Undetermined Origin Quickly Consumed
GATE CITY, Va., Feb. 6.—Fire of unascertained origin totally destroyed three frame buildings on main Street early this afternoon. The fire was discovered about 2 o'clock and raged for more than an hour before it was brought under control.
The three buildings destroyed by the blaze were the Vermillion Barber Shop, Elliott's Restaurant and the Morristown Produce Company store. Some stock and fixtures of the buildings were saved, but the flames swept the structures clean, nothing but the blackend walls standing after the fire was subdued.
The amount of loss could not be estimated as no accurate check has yet been made on the amount of stock that was saved.
A Bristol fire truck was called.
The Kingsport Times
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1928ESTIMATED LOSS FROM THE FIRE
AT GATE CITY AT $7,500
Restaurant, Barber Shop, Produce
Building Destroyed In Blaze
GATE CITY, Va., Feb. 1. — Fire, originating in the kitchen of the S. T. Elliot and Son restaurant from a defective flue, it is believe at about 2:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon, completely destroyed the restaurant and swept into the next building, occupied by the Vermillion Barber Shop, gutting it also. Further spread of the flames was checked when the building occupied by the Morristown Produce Company was pulled down. Total damage to the buildings, which were all of frame structure, an the contents, amounted to $7500 it is estimated.
The only fire equipment here, hose reel and fireplugs, were put into use by voluntary firefighters and the blaze was brought under control after raging for about one hour and a half. The fire had made tremendous headway before it was discovered and only the fact that there was excellent water pressure kept the conflagration from sweeping a wider area than it did.
All of the buildings destroyed were of frame structure. The restaurant, which suffered the greatest loss, was only partially insured. The loss amounted to about $5000 on the building and equipment. Total damage to the other building that was burned and the one that was pulled down, amounted to about $2500 dollars, much of their contents being removed before the spread of the blaze into them.
Calls for assistance were sent out to Bristol and Kingsport. A Bristol, Va., fire truck answered the call for help but turned back at Kingsport when it was notified there that the blaze had been brought under control and that there was no further danger of it sweeping the entire town, as was first feared. Kingsport, having only one truck, could not respond to the call and leave their own town unprotected.