This blaze started because someone wanted to burn the saloon. The man missed his target and lit G. B. Ingersoll’s hardware store on fire.
The amazing part of this story is that there was dynamite kept n the back of the hardware store. An eye witness said it was the Japanese citizens of Eatonville who went into the burning structure and carried it out. (Per History of Eastern Pierce County.)
This is incredible. Who has the guts to remove dynamite in a FIRE?
I would like to think I would have been brave enough to do something like that — for my town and its people. But in truth, I would have been in the bucket brigade.
To those gutsy citizens on May 15, 1915, here’s a belated “THANK YOU!”