Leadership

San Francisco Landmark Destroyed During Cathedral Fire

Issue 12 and Volume 115.

San Francisco Landmark Destroyed During Cathedral Fire house—Official San Francisco F. D. photos by Chet Born SUCCUMBING to roaring flame, San Francisco’s majestic St. Mary’s Cathedral at Van Ness Avenue and O’Farrell Street was turned into a blackened ruin on the night of September 7, taxing the efforts of 250 fire fighters who responded to five alarms of fire, all transmitted within seven minutes of each other. The historic structure which had survived the earthquake and fire of 1906 was opened in 1891, and was one of the largest and most imposing churches in the West. The church proper was 156 feet long, 96 feet wide and 80 feet high, except for the belfry which towered over all. Attached to the church was the parish house which, with the belfry, was saved from the flames by the tremendous effort and skill of the San Francisco firemen. The fire is believed…

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