The Animas City School Fire

Firetruck after the fire


A spark falling on the roof caused a disastrous fire early yesterday afternoon which all but destroyed the Animas City School. The building was damaged to the extent of $3,500 with but $3,000 insurance to cover it.

When the fire was discovered it had gained considerable headway. The volunteer department of Animas City was unable to cope with the situation, so the Durango Fire Department responded and soon had several streams of water at work on the blaze. The fire worked its way downwards and before being extinguished had entirely destroyed the roof and second story. The first floor was badly damaged by water.

The school board at once got busy in providing temporary quarters for the school children with the result that the old church and another building are being fixed up to be used until the damage to the school building can be repaired. It is expected that school will again be in session next Monday morning in the temporary structures. The work of repairing will be started at once and rushed to an early completion.

The walls of the school building were erected of stone and were not damaged. The school was erected about sixteen years ago and the final payment on it was made just last July.

--From the Weekly Herald, November 6, 1919.

Inside after fire

Inside the school after the fire. Catalog number: 04.34.5

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