Southern Pacific Tunnel Fire

Issue 8 and Volume 116.

Southern Pacific Tunnel Fire Los Angeles County firemen were faced with one of their most unusual challenges on the morning of February 14 when a fire was reported in a 925-foot-long Southern Pacific Railroad tunnel in the Santa Sunsana Pass area just west of the San Fernando Valley. Three County engines, two patrols and a Los Angeles City engine under County Battalion Chief Keith Fallgren responded at 7 a.m. and arrived at the east portal of the tunnel in the rocky area to find the tunnel completely involved. It was one of three completed by the SP in 1904 and links the railroad’s coast line from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area. The interior was supported by a frame-work of 12 by 12-inch timbers. L. A. County F. D. photo by Captain R. Bird After conference with railroad officials, firemen decided to let the fire burn itself out. The…

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