Published On: Wed, Jul 12th, 2017

Sunday’s fire spells the end to a colorful history of the Cizek building

OSMOND — A downtown Osmond landmark will vanish from the skyline in coming days.
It will mark the demise of the “Cizek block” which rose from the ashes of the March 9, 1904, “great Osmond fire.”
And, ironically, it was fire that claimed the Cizek block building July 9, 2017.

An undated post-1904 photo in the Q125 history book shows the progress made in rebuilding the west business block.

The fire took out Tiger Town Food & Floral Center, the community grocery store, on which area residents depend for day-to-day groceries, meats and floral needs.
The buildings didn’t stand much of a chance in 1904 with the fast-moving flames consuming one frame business building after another, the exact cause of which has never been determined. However, history says it began in a drug store in the middle of the block. It was a cold, windy, wet March day and at 11 o’clock that night, the fire alarm sounded. Soon the whole town was fighting the fire which was driven by wind “at a terrific rate.”
The equipment of the fire department was small, consisting of an engine and several hoses which threw a very small stream of water. It was soon apparent the west business block couldn’t be saved and fire fighters spent their energies focusing on saving the buildings on the east side of the business section.

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