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Quick Spreading Fire Destroys Building Supply Warehouse

Issue 9 and Volume 108.

Quick Spreading Fire Destroys Building Supply Warehouse A ROARING mid-morning blaze that had the intensity of a fire normally expected in predawn hours lashed through a gigantic building supply warehouse in a congested industrial area east of the downtown Los Angeles on July 12. The fire had such a hold when first-in firemen from Engine 17 a few blocks away arrived that a full second alarm was immediately requested. Within six minutes an additional three engine companies were called. The blaze pointed up once again how large losses can occur when buildings lack adequate fire separations and first aid fire-fighting safeguards. These factors, plus delayed notification and highly inflammable contents, were present in Los Angeles when open burning in a metal trash drum touched off a threealarm fire at Mason Supplies Inc., wholesale dealers in building materials and a wallboard firm occupying a smaller portion of the structure. The first…

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