Philadelphia Lumber Yard Fire Hits Defense Area

Issue 6 and Volume 94.

Philadelphia Lumber Yard Fire Hits Defense Area The $2,000,000 fire which destroyed the W. H. Lear Lumber Yard on last May 15, damaged one building at the Cramp Shipyard near by, menaced the entire yard, and ruined or damaged more than forty dwellings. In the lumber yard were great piles of material marked for national defense. Chief William Cowden of the Philadelphia Fire Bureau stated that the fire started simultaneously in five places in the lumber yard. Assistants of the fire marshal, as well as agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the local detective bureau started parallel investigations. In the area surrounding the lumber yard, five factory and commercial structures were damaged, ten brick and frame dwellings were razed, fourteen more were made uninhabitable, and families were ordered to stay out of twenty others pending inspection. Sixty persons, including firemen and residents, were treated at hospitals or at…

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