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......... 'J', fLL 614no THE CANTON EDITION R AND THE LEWIS THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1978 RUINS CAP II II on business district COUNTY ned by blaze buildingim their efforts to stop the blaze. the oldest The windows were covered the town, several years ago in a fire of remodeling effort. They were In Wednesday cut open with chain saws by firemen, to enable them to get Capps Variety water to the fire. Lodge Police were kept busy pied the re-routing traffic and keeping was back spectators as the after- Killday noon wore on, and the fire was locat- continued out of control. Lines Portion of the ' were strung to keep specta- tators in safe limits, and notice by school children were re-routed manag, home around the fire area. noticed Buildings and businesses variety threatened included Arts Sales and Services, and other businesses on 4th Street, and room the R & M Gift Shop west of Oliver R-V Fire the Capps building on Lewis arrived on Street. The gift shop is owned noon Wednes_ by Mrs. Rob6rt Capps. Sherri's Flower shop, locat- about ed west of the building, was it to partially evacuated, and the apartment of Myrna Boltz was arrived, evacuated. Miss Boltz lives from the in the building above Don's and at the Grand Leader. The fire Acrid smoke filled the started in downtown area Wednesday uPstairs, afternoon, and dress shops Lodge is bagged many of their clothes to keep the smoke from on both damaging merchandise. the The city water supply, still in provided from the old antiqua- ted water plant, ran danger- area Fire Depts. R.V firemen from Other also and Smok- Canton Mayor Edwin Frye expressed appreciation to the neighboring" fire departments who answered the summons for assistance in fighting the Capps Store fire Wednesday. Frye credited the assistance with the saving of much of the downtown area, which un- doubtedly would have spread had help not been available. The Mayor also praised the work of the volunteers"of Canton R-V Fire Department who valiantly fought the fire. often at great personal risk. ously low, and citizens were aksed to use water for residential use sparingly to provide enough to fight the fire. Both city water tanks were drained, and the water poured on the fire was used at a faster rate than the ,iant could provide. Water Jpt. Harold Vice, who fongh the fire as a volunteer fireman, said there was no wa the plant could keep up with seven fire engines on the scene. Three lines were placed in the Mississippi River and used with pumpers to bring more water to the fire. By 2:30 p.m. the fire had broken through the roof, and any hope of saving building or contents was gone. Only the cash register and some papers were saved from the Capps Store. Firemen used oxygen tanks in the early stages of fighting the fire, in an attempt to get to the upstairs source. Water was played on the nearby buildings to keep down the possibility of the fire spread- ing to nearby roofs. Charles Arnold was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries to any of the firemen on the scene Wednes- day, in spite of heroic efforts Assistant Eire Chief Terry Sweet pronounced the fire under control at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. By four o'clock it became apparent that the blaze was at least contained within the brick walls of the structure. The roof fell in, and water was poured into the flaming building. The building, long a land- mark in downtown Canton for many years was operated as the Canton Mercantile Com- pany, and is believed to have been built about the turn of the century. Firemen were on the scene throughout the evening to keep the blaze from flaring up again. The building was left in smouldering ruins, a tremen- dous loss to the Canton business community. VOL. VII STORE, CANTON, MISSOURI / EXTR.A NEW SERIES EXTRA MASONIC HAL,L Smoke billows from Canton / SECOND EXTRA This special extra edition, following by one day the Press-News Journal Gradua- tion Edition, is only the second "extra" published in the ll5-year history of this newspaper. The first occurred last year, and was of a happier occasion, the HHS and CHS girls basketball teams in state competition. ) landmark at heihth of fire Wednesday I{ftP attack Area firemen were forced to battle the blaze on several fronts to prevent It from sprendlag to adjoining buildings. Here several men brave dense smoke on the roof of Art's TV and Appliance 8tore. Save records . Fireman carries stack of records of Masonic orders retreived from the fire after the building could be entered. While many records were saved, they were charred and water damaged. Off'wiais confer Canton R-V Fire Chief Gary Lupardus dlseunea n plan of attack against the fire with former chief Donald Burke and Canton Mayor Edwin Frye. In lmekgronad, head ef City Uhties Committee. Alderman John Brodnumll |tmll fire. which taxed ......... 'J', fLL 614no THE CANTON EDITION R AND THE LEWIS THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1978 RUINS CAP II II on business district COUNTY ned by blaze buildingim their efforts to stop the blaze. the oldest The windows were covered the town, several years ago in a fire of remodeling effort. They were In Wednesday cut open with chain saws by firemen, to enable them to get Capps Variety water to the fire. Lodge Police were kept busy pied the re-routing traffic and keeping was back spectators as the after- Killday noon wore on, and the fire was locat- continued out of control. Lines Portion of the ' were strung to keep specta- tators in safe limits, and notice by school children were re-routed manag, home around the fire area. noticed Buildings and businesses variety threatened included Arts Sales and Services, and other businesses on 4th Street, and room the R & M Gift Shop west of Oliver R-V Fire the Capps building on Lewis arrived on Street. The gift shop is owned noon Wednes_ by Mrs. Rob6rt Capps. Sherri's Flower shop, locat- about ed west of the building, was it to partially evacuated, and the apartment of Myrna Boltz was arrived, evacuated. Miss Boltz lives from the in the building above Don's and at the Grand Leader. The fire Acrid smoke filled the started in downtown area Wednesday uPstairs, afternoon, and dress shops Lodge is bagged many of their clothes to keep the smoke from on both damaging merchandise. the The city water supply, still in provided from the old antiqua- ted water plant, ran danger- area Fire Depts. R.V firemen from Other also and Smok- Canton Mayor Edwin Frye expressed appreciation to the neighboring" fire departments who answered the summons for assistance in fighting the Capps Store fire Wednesday. Frye credited the assistance with the saving of much of the downtown area, which un- doubtedly would have spread had help not been available. The Mayor also praised the work of the volunteers"of Canton R-V Fire Department who valiantly fought the fire. often at great personal risk. ously low, and citizens were aksed to use water for residential use sparingly to provide enough to fight the fire. Both city water tanks were drained, and the water poured on the fire was used at a faster rate than the ,iant could provide. Water Jpt. Harold Vice, who fongh the fire as a volunteer fireman, said there was no wa the plant could keep up with seven fire engines on the scene. Three lines were placed in the Mississippi River and used with pumpers to bring more water to the fire. By 2:30 p.m. the fire had broken through the roof, and any hope of saving building or contents was gone. Only the cash register and some papers were saved from the Capps Store. Firemen used oxygen tanks in the early stages of fighting the fire, in an attempt to get to the upstairs source. Water was played on the nearby buildings to keep down the possibility of the fire spread- ing to nearby roofs. Charles Arnold was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries to any of the firemen on the scene Wednes- day, in spite of heroic efforts Assistant Eire Chief Terry Sweet pronounced the fire under control at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. By four o'clock it became apparent that the blaze was at least contained within the brick walls of the structure. The roof fell in, and water was poured into the flaming building. The building, long a land- mark in downtown Canton for many years was operated as the Canton Mercantile Com- pany, and is believed to have been built about the turn of the century. Firemen were on the scene throughout the evening to keep the blaze from flaring up again. The building was left in smouldering ruins, a tremen- dous loss to the Canton business community. VOL. VII STORE, CANTON, MISSOURI / EXTR.A NEW SERIES EXTRA MASONIC HAL,L Smoke billows from Canton / SECOND EXTRA This special extra edition, following by one day the Press-News Journal Gradua- tion Edition, is only the second "extra" published in the ll5-year history of this newspaper. The first occurred last year, and was of a happier occasion, the HHS and CHS girls basketball teams in state competition. ) landmark at heihth of fire Wednesday I{ftP attack Area firemen were forced to battle the blaze on several fronts to prevent It from sprendlag to adjoining buildings. Here several men brave dense smoke on the roof of Art's TV and Appliance 8tore. Save records . Fireman carries stack of records of Masonic orders retreived from the fire after the building could be entered. While many records were saved, they were charred and water damaged. Off'wiais confer Canton R-V Fire Chief Gary Lupardus dlseunea n plan of attack against the fire with former chief Donald Burke and Canton Mayor Edwin Frye. In lmekgronad, head ef City Uhties Committee. Alderman John Brodnumll |tmll fire. which taxed