Issue 2 and Volume 102.

FLORENCE FIREMEN OVERCOME HANDICAPS IN UPHILL BATTLE Costly Furniture Store Fire Proves Need of More Manpower and Equipment DESCRIBED as the worst fire to strike the City of Florence, S. C., since the burning of the Carolina Theatre in 1939, a spectacular blaze roared through the three-story Rainwater Furniture Store, on December 6, 1948, threatening other buildings in the block on North Dargan Street and causing property damage estimated at over $250,000 before a badly handicapped fire department could master it. The Rainwater building, in the heart of downtown Florence, was heavily stocked with holiday furniture, mattresses and other combustibles which fed the hot fire. For a time it appeared that adjoining stores—Millers M. System Grocery Store to the south, and Efird’s Department Store adjoining the burning building on the north, would become involved. Efforts of the Florence Fire Department, under Fire Chief J. E. McKain. were successful, however, in…

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