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In the early morning hours of Nov. 8, 1939, a three-alarm fire at 402 W. Sprague in Spokane caused an estimated $150,000 damage to several businesses and injured three firemen. Firms suffering losses were the Armstrong Hotel, the Bakery Inn, Peter Jacoy retail and wholesale cigar store, Scott’s Supply, Rainbow Barber shop, Nelson’s Sewing Machine company, and Western Display and Advertising company. Fire Chief William Payne was said the fire was one of the worst downtown fires in recent years.

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