Glencoe, 1955 Fire

A two-story frame dwelling comprising a combination restaurant-grocery on Ky. 16 in Glencoe, nine miles from Warsaw, was leveled to the ground by fire early Thursday.   Jim Webster, owner of the structure, estimated damage at $12,000, including property and contents.  He said the fire started in an outside meter box and swept up the side of the structure to a second story bedroom occupied by Webster's stepson, Roy Kahn.  Webster said his stepson was roused by the smoke and he immediately went to the first floor bedroom where Webster and his wife, Erma, were asleep.  Upon being wakened, Webster went to the home of Robert Jones and summoned the Warsaw fire department.  According to Webster, the structure was formerly known as the Glencoe Hotel.  He said it had $4,000 of insurance on it.  Additional damage of $2,000 was caused to a one story frame building about 50 feet away from the Webster property, Fire Chief Delmar Alexander reported. He said flames spread to the unoccupied house which is occupied by Lum Higgins, Glencoe. Williamstown and Dry Ridge sent equipment to the fire and stood by to aid if needed, Chief Alexander said.  The blaze was extinguished after two hours work by the 14 volunteer firemen.


from the Kentucky Times-Star, April 21, 1955