Business Block Fire at Los Angeles
Fire destroyed the four-story brick and concrete building occupied by the Meyberg Company at 631 South Grand avenue, Los Angeles, Cal., May 24. The fire was due to cross wires and started at 4 p. m. It also damaged an adjoining frame building. The total loss was about $115,000. All the downtown fire companies responded and were in command of Battalion Chief George O’Donnell. The firemen swarmed up the building from the front and rear and also from the north side and within a few minutes half a dozen streams were on the fire. But it had a heavy start and despite the best efforts of the department it made rapid progress, eating its way fr;m the top down toward the lower floor. A strong wind was blowing toward the north and flying sparks soon ignited the lodging house adjoining on that side and burned the upper portion of the house. The building was a new one, having been completed only in January. The Meyberg Company moved in several weeks later. Part of the building was unoccupied.