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General Alarm for Dallas Warehouse

Issue 12 and Volume 109.

General Alarm for Dallas Warehouse Case-history of a “tandem” pumper operation . . . A FIVE-ALARM FIRE in the New York Merchandise Co. warehouse, 1525 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, Tex., on September 25, 1956, caused damage estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million. The fire was discovered shortly after 6:00 p.m. by a passer-by, who had to spend some time locating a telephone. Within an hour, five alarms had been transmitted and 170 off-duty firemen recalled to assist in quelling the blaze. The 100 by 200-foot warehouse, about 20 feet in height, constructed of brick and steel, was packed with boxes and cartons of Christmas merchandise recently unloaded from freight cars. The bulk of the material destroyed was reported to be plastic toys and decorations. Little has been learned of the probable cause, although the supervisor of the warehouse stated that smoking was not permitted in the building, but that…

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