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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 164 No 28 Congratulations End in sight Alton Ace Climactic Hardware j vote scheduled receives customer j for noon satisfaction award j today PageDl I 50 cents The outlook Becoming partly cloudy high 32 low 18 PageDS Hawks flying high Carrollton wins regional title Friday February r BADMAN Ruby Smith has a blank look on her face Thursday morning as she stares at the gutted remains of trie house she was renting in the 1000 block of Union Street in Alton A twoalarm blaze destroyed everything she six children owned including one of the childrens dolls that was lying out side in the fire rubble Mother six children burned out of home By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A single mother and her six children lost near ly everything they owned early Thursday when their home burst into flames The twoalarm fire in the 1000 block of Union Street was reported shortly before 1 The cause of the fire which is being called suspi cious is under investigation by Alton police and fire departments There were no injuries I was coming home from work and I pulled up just as the police pulled said Ruby Smith had rent ed the house since May Smith said she was able to salvage only two tables from the rubble She has no renters insurance Her children ages 5 6 12 13 15 and 17 were staying with Smiths mother at the time of the fire All their clothing burned but were OK were just going Smith said She said she is looking for another place to live Until then she is staying with her mother Assistant Fire Chief Tim Spaulding said the fire in the twostory woodframe house started near a kitchen There was some difficulty extinguishing it because there were several small rooms Spaulding said He said no one reportedly had been at the house all day Wednesday and the electricity had been turned off It was pretty Detective Jerry Cooley is investigating the fire for the police department while Capt Matt Williams is the fire departments investigator He said the building was a total loss with damage set at The value of the houses destroyed contents was estimated to be Anyone wanting to help the family can call 4625947 Tornado leaves two walls of house standing By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer A cold front from the West touched off thunderstorms and a tornado in Calhoun County near Bellview nearly destroy ing a house and damaging other buildings Its a mess There are tons of trees Calhoun Firefighters city sign new contract By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON In a brief noon time ceremony city and fire officials signed a fiveyear contract Thursday at Alton Fire Station No 2 The signatures of Mayor Don Sandidge Fire Chief Donald Dugan McFarlane and retired Capt Glenn Walters who served on the negotiating team sealed a contract that gives members of Local 1255 of the International Association of Firefighters raises of per cent for each of the next three See CONTRACT Page A9 Sheriffs Deputy Kevin Klaas said The home of Ruth Thomas was nearly destroyed and an attached carport collapsed on a car Only two walls remain Klaas said Thomas was away from home when the storm hit he said Morning A310 Bulletin Board A7 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope D6 C3 Obituaries A6 Ambrose Arnold Crumer Evans Fleming Haushalter Jenkins Kelly Roloff Wilson Wilson B Television D7 He said roofs and siding were damaged on two other houses and several sheds were destroyed The tornado blew through the northern tip of the county at Im glad it came when it did because there were few people at home There were no Klaas said The Weather Service said the high today is expected to be 35 v Rain came in sheets Thursday but left quickly had about inch of rain but thats probably on the low side for the area Other areas got between inch and an said meteo rologist Gary Schmoker of the National Weather Service The wind knocked out the rain gauge at Melvin Price Locks and Dam but the wind gauge had showed wind speed at 46 mph a locks worker said The storm knocked down at least one power line in Alton an Ameren UE spokeswoman said The line fell to the pavement at Jefferson and Grand avenues in Alton and caught fire said spokeswoman Susan Gallagher About 130 homes were without power Thursday afternoon The weather is expected to bounce back during the week end with highs expected in the low 50s a National Weather Service spokesman said Alton man dies in 67 car crash By MICHAEL HAYES Telegraph staff writer WEST ALTON Mo An Alton man died after the car he was driving slid off 67 and landed upside down in a pool of water leaving him sub merged The crash happened about Wednesday about a mile south of the Clark Bridge Bobby J Wilson 24 was driving a Mazda Protege when it apparently slid off the road and hit three large tree stumps becoming airborne before coming to rest in the gully authorities said The car traveled about 200 feet after it went off the road between the northbound and southbound lanes said Fire Chief Lonnie Sachs of the West Alton Fire Protection District A Fieldon man said he was on his way to work at Christian Hospital Northwest in Florissant when he saw cars pulled over at the crash scene John Newingham a security officer at the hos The BADMAN Valerie Bray of Alton Area Towing in Godfrey looks over the car in which an Alton man died late Wednesday when it flipped Into ditch water on 67 in See CRASH Page A9 West Mo 18008339424 Touch Tone 24 Hours Illinois Sales Tax Included in Loan Tour Credit is not as Bad as you think We are the leader in getting you approved 314 4161600 155 AT MERAMEC BOTTOM SOUTH COUNTY MO 314 921 111600 r ANT 8951600 1270 MCDONNELL HAZELWOOD 9391600 170 OUTER RD BETWEEN CAVE SPRINGS 4 MID RIVERS MAIL OR ST PETERS MO Auto Credit Help
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