Leadership

Wharf Fire at San Pedro

Issue 22 and Volume 56.

Wharf Fire at San Pedro Fanned by a brisk breeze, flames swept among warehouses and canneries at the harbor in San Pedro, Cal., October 25, causing damage roughly estimated at $200,000. Explosions that culminated when a large quantity of stored ammunition blew up, drove residents of the East San Pedro section to the water’s edge and they crowded into boats that came to their rescue. For more than an hour ferries and launches plied busily, carrying on the work of rescue. For a time it seemed everything on the east side of the harbor would go, but later fire tugs aided powerfully in checking the fire’s spread. The fire started on the premises of the Crescent Wharf & Warehouse Company, probably from a leaky oil pipe, at 12:15 A. M. The fire rapidly enveloped the warehouse opposite the Fifth street landing. In five minutes the structure was in ruins and…

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