Laramie Fire Devastates Two Blocks

Issue 7 and Volume 101.

Laramie Fire Devastates Two Blocks Described by Chief Blake Fanning as one of the worst in Laramie’s history, fire on April 14, 1948, destroyed or damaged 29 stores over a two block area in the downtown area of that Wyoming city. All buildings but one, oddly enough the old town fire department building in the block between Second and Third, and Garfield and Custer Streets, were destroyed. Ten other buildings, damaged by fire, smoke and water, were located in the block along Second, between Garfield ami Custer, on the west side of Second; along the north side of Garfield and extending for half a block north on Second and Third. Between 35 and 40 persons living in apartments in the area were made homeless. Chief banning estimated the damage at slightly over $1,000,000. The fire originated, from undisclosed cause, in the rear of a four-story brick Holliday general merchandise store…

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