Mutual Aid Saves South Gate, California Factory

Issue 12 and Volume 116.

Mutual Aid Saves South Gate, California Factory DENSE SMOKE hung over the City of South Gate, Calif., on the afternoon of June 16th when fire ate through the Lunday-Thagard Roofing Company on Garfield Avenue, causing damage of $200,000 and sending eight firemen to a local hospital before being brought under control. Credit for containing the blaze goes to the South East Cities Mutual Aid Pact, which enabled the South Gate department to complement its three engines, squad and truck with five additional engines and an aerial. The fire originated in the paper-felt line in the roofing company which was ignited by open gas-fired burners used as dryers. The flames spread to scrap paper in the pits and to grease and dust on the machinery. Employees on the felt line fought the fire with steam lines that possibly helped push the flame into the stock area, where 14foot asphalt shingles, four…

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