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FUEL OIL TANKER HITS CHURCH; $50,000 FIRE LOSS RESULTS

Issue 5 and Volume 104.

FUEL OIL TANKER HITS CHURCH; $50,000 FIRE LOSS RESULTS Burning Oil Cascades Into Basement,With Fire Involving Entire Structure A FOUR-ALARM blaze was touched off when a trailer-truck containing 6,150 gallons of fuel oil plowed into a church on Chicago’s near north side after colliding with a panel delivery truck. The resulting explosion and fire fatally burned the fuel truck driver, who was pinned in his cab which was telescoped against the church by the semi-trailer. The $50,000 blaze reminded Chicago Fire Department officials of the city’s holocaust on the southside in the twilight hours of Friday, May 26, 1950. Thirty-three persons were burned to death at 63rd and South State streets when a streamlined Chicago Transit Authority streetcar plowed into a tractortrailer loaded with gasoline. Chicago’s latest fire involving a truckload of highly inflammable liquid occurred early Tuesdav morning, March 27, 1951. The fast-spreading blaze again demonstrated the dangerous fire…

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