Leadership

High-pressure steam line blamed for million-dollar Harrisburg fire

Issue 12 and Volume 113.

High-pressure steam line blamed for million-dollar Harrisburg fire A FIRE that started 30 years ago erupted into the most costly blaze ever faced by Harrisburg, Pa., on May 27 last, at about 4:35 p.m. Before being brought under control 12 hours later, heavy smoke had felled at least 40 fire fighters, and flames threatened nearly a half block of the city’s high-value mercantile district. Completely destroyed were the Youth Centre at 307 Market Street and the Triangle Shoe Store at 305 Market Street. These structures were so badly damaged that city inspectors later ordered both burned-out shells razed. Exposure areas suffering heavy water, smoke and heat damage were the Feller Building at 301-303 Market Street, the Capitol Shop and Dauphin Hotel at 309 Market Street, and the Yam Center, a barber shop, a bar, a hat shop and second and third-story apartments around the comer, from Market to 17 South…

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