100 years ago in Coeur d'Alene: Fire destroys roof of city hall, damages records within

A fire extensively damaged Coeur d’Alene’s city hall, destroying the roof and the entire top floor.

This three-story brick structure also served as the Kootenai County courthouse.

“The blaze was first noticed on the roof, where a flue emerged, and despite the efforts of the fire department, crept downward,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

Damage was estimated at between $15,000 and $25,000. The structure was built about a decade earlier for $50,000.

Officials were concerned about water damage throughout the building. City and county records “will require weeks to be salvaged.”

From the Prohibition beat: $20,000 worth of high-class bonded liquor was poured down the sewer in the basement

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