Million Loss in Residence Fire

Issue 3 and Volume 99.

Million Loss in Residence Fire It is rare that a dwelling fire causes a loss of over $1,000,000, but such was the case when fire swept Firenze House, showplace home of Col. and Mrs. M. Robert Guggenheim, in Rock Creek Park, Washington early on January 31. Two firemen were injured fighting the three-alarm blaze which brought out forty-one pieces of apparatus, two ambulances and a rescue squad, under command of Chief Stephen Porter. The many gabled, 35 room dwelling is located on a 23-acre estate which has a swimming pool (unfortunately empty at the time). It housed many priceless paintings and works of art. Two Titians, valued at $200,000 were reported ruined by fire and water. The fire, believed to have started front a faulty generator in the basement, was discovered by a servant who turned in an alarm at 1:32 A.M. and awakened the other personnel. Two other alarms…

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