Emporia, KS, Fire, May 1897
FIRE ENGINE HOUSE BURNS
Citizens Gave the Alarm While Emporia (KAN.) Firemen Were Playing Cards
The Fire Department of Emporia, Kan., is without shelter, and the firemen are the laughing stock of the town. While a number of firemen were in the loft playing cards, a citizen discovered flames in the building and gave the alarm. The firemen scurried out, but before the teams could be taken out, burning brands were dropping around the horses, and it was all the men could do to save the engine and hose carts. The building was destroyed.
The County Record, Kingstree, SC
May 13, 1897, page 3