--Yesterday morning, about half-past 7 o'clock, the large two-and-a-half-story brick building, immediately west of the large flouring mills of Messrs. Haxall
, on the north bank of James river
, and used by the proprietors of that mill for klin-drying barrel timber, accidentally took fire, and in an indescribably short time the entire superstructure was one vast sheet of flames.
The firemen being on their way to their engine-houses, heard the alarm, and were soon at work on the burning mass, every man exerting himself as if his life depended upon the effort.
The steam-engine, too, poured volumes of water upon the pile, and prevented the flames from spreading eastward to the mills; but the fire had gotten such a hold upon the heaps of lumber that it seemed to be unconquerable.
With the most commendable zeal the firemen set to work throwing out the charred timber, regardless of the dense clouds of smoke that filled every nook and cranny of the house. --While thus engaged Mr. Walter McKee
, one of the firemen, fell insensible from suffocation, and up to 12 o'clock yesterday his condition was considered critical.
The firemen labored zealously the greater portion of the day, and thus prevented the entire loss of the building, the roof of which was burned off, and the inner wood work materially damaged.
's loss is about $8,000. Luckily they have a large number of flour barrels on hand, in another building, so that they will not be greatly inconvenienced by the conflagration.