Christiansburg Fire Spreads Through Concealed Spaces

Issue 10 and Volume 109.

Christiansburg Fire Spreads Through Concealed Spaces Fire of undetermined origin ripped through two brick buildings in the heart of the business section of Christiansburg, Va., on May 28, destroying six concerns with estimated damage of $250,000. The building in which the fire originated was built in 1914 with a brick front wall one and a half stories high, and a tin roof sloping to ceiling height in the rear; the side and rear walls were also of brick. This building housed the City Market grocery, Royal Cafe, Jennings Barber Shop, Ladies’ Budget Shop and Smith & Jones Department Store. These establishments were separated by wood frame partitions covered with ornamental tin, and the ceilings were covered with the same material. The partitions only went ceiling high, thus leaving open the entire attic space above. There were no openings into this attic space. At approximately 6:05 p.m., a passing motorist stopped…

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