BIG FIRE AT EAST TAWAS
Steam Barge Sea Gull Burned to the Water's Edge
FEMALE COOK IS UNABLE TO ESCAPE AND IS CONSUMED
Three Docks and 16,000,000 Feet of Lumber Burnt by Floating Fireship
East Tawas, July 16. - [Special] - Fire was discovered this morning at 1 o'clock on the steam barge, Sea Gull, lying at Bearinger's dock, which had about 5,000,000 feet of pine lumber piled upon it. The flames soon spread to the lumber, which was all burned.
The Sea Gull, after parting her lines, floated to Emery Bros.' dock, where was piled about 7,000,000 feet of lumber, and this, too, was all consumed.
The burning steamer then floated on for half a mile to Locke & Stevens' dock, which was piled with 4,000,000 feet of lumber, and this was also burned.
The steamer kept on drifting and went high out on the beach and burned to the water's edge.
The crew of the Sea Gull got safely off except the woman cook, who was burned to death.
The lumber on Bearinger's dock was owned by Sibley & Bearinger. The lumber on Emery Bros. dock was owned by the Michigan Pipe Company and 3,000,000 to Emery Brothers, which was fully insured. The lumber on Locke & Stevens dock was owned 3,000,000 feet by the Michigan Pipe Company and 1,000,000 by Alger, Smith & Co. The loss on the lumber & dock is about $300,000.