On Saturday night, at about half past ten, the Life Saving Station of this place was discovered to be on fire. Four men including Keeper Chapman were soon on the ground. Others came a few minutes later. They found the kitchen or small building enveloped in flames with the roof just ready to fall in.
The main building, standing about ten feet east did not appear to be on fire, except the cornice, but on opening the door to get some pails, the inside was found to be full of fire which in a few minutes burst out. Not a thing was saved. So the fine government stations is in ashes. The boats, furniture, and all of the equipments are only a mass of charred ruins.
It would seem that both building were securely locked and both were on fire about the same time. There had not been even a match used nor a light lit. The origin of the fire is a profound mystery as there had been no fire in any of the stoves since the Tuesday previous, Keeper Chapman was about sunset with a load of potatoes and provisions, preparatory to opening April 1st.
In looking the ground all over the conclusion is reluctantly reached that the burning of the life saving station at this place was the foul work of an incendiary. The object has not yet clearly ciphered out. Here is a fine field for a detective.
Captain J. M. Henderson expects to start today for Detroit where he will be master of the schooner Smith & Post.
Captain Fred Pitcher will leave home today for Milwaukee to take charge of the schooner Nevada.