Worst Fire in 26 Years Hits Downtown Elwood

Issue 5 and Volume 113.

Worst Fire in 26 Years Hits Downtown Elwood Fire destroyed a quarter block of downtown Elwood, Ind., business area on the night of February 29. The blaze is believed to have started in the basement of a restaurant, and then spread through a common basement to the Local Finance Company. Icicles hung from some 100 firemen from Elwood and 13 neighboring cities as they battled the blaze through the night while the mercury plunged to a season low of 8 below zero. Veteran fire fighters described it as the worst fire in Elwood in 26 years. Loss was officially estimated at $228,350. Fire Chief Theodore Wilson is reported to have claimed that the loss might have been less if his department had better equipment. “That 1941 truck we have is just a regular truck chassis with fire equipment mounted on it,” the chief declared. “It’s not built for fire equipment.”…

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