Wood Hotel, Restaurant Swept by $1 Million Fire

Issue 9 and Volume 133.

Wood Hotel, Restaurant Swept by $1 Million Fire CAPT. A million-dollar fire raged through a restaurant and an adjacent three-story hotel in Avalon, Calif., on Santa Catalina Island. The buildings were over 60 years old and mostly of wood-frame construction. Avalon is a small tourist community on Santa Catalina Island, some 26 miles west of Long Beach, Calif. Permanent population is around 1800. The fire department is part-paid, with five fulltime personnel, Chief Jack Goslin, a captain and three engineers, and 20 volunteers. At 5:28 a.m. March 4,1979, an alarm was received at the fire station reporting smoke in the area of the involved structure in the heart of the downtown business district. A first alarm was sounded on the fire siren to notify volunteers and off-duty personnel. Initial response was with Engine 1, a small attack pumper, and Engine 2, a 1000-gpm pumper. Upon arrival, the Hurricane Cove (a…

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