Lend Lease Equipment Destroyed in Fire

Issue 12 and Volume 96.

Lend Lease Equipment Destroyed in Fire One fireman died and $300,000 worth of lend-lease equipment was reduced to smoldering ruins recently when fire struck an Army warehouse at East 14th Street and 106th Avenue in Oakland. Cal. Most of the damage was done to trucks and tires awaiting shipment. An immediate investigation was launched by the FBI to determine whether sabotage was involved. Also making investigations insofar athe military would allow were the Oakland police and fire departments. Oakland firemen reported a long delay in turning in the first alarm. According to Chief William Lutkey, Army guards first called the San Leandro Fire Department. The location of the warehouse is just two blocks from the city limits dividing Oakland from San Leandro at that point. The San Leandro department told the guards to notify the Oakland department because the fire was inside the Oakland limits. First box alarm received was…

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