Three Fire Fighters Die In Louisville, Ky., Fire

Issue 4 and Volume 114.

Three Fire Fighters Die In Louisville, Ky., Fire Captain Joseph Kenneth Buren, Sergeant Jesse P. Wilson and Fireman Riley Pryor were killed when fire destroyed the Parkmoor Recreation Center in Louisville, Ky., last December 17. The center contained a 40-lane bowling alley—one of the largest in Louisville—a restaurant, a coffee shop, a bar and a night club. The fire started when steaks being prepared on a grill in the coffee shop caught fire. Jerry Harris, a vice president of the company which owned the center, tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but then called the fire department. There were about 160 customers and a staff of 16 in the entire building, and within five minutes everyone was out. The fire spread swiftly. Only a little smoke was coming from the roof when firemen arrived, but within minutes flames were shooting skyward. Alarms were sounded at 7:26 p.m.,…

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