Embers Cause Fire
The recent big Albers Milling Company fire at Oakland was the freak cause of a new Oakland (Calif.) blaze, according to Battalion Chief Bernard Dooley, who said that $25,000 damage to the McGuire and Hester plant at 796 66th Avenue, Oakland, was caused by smoldering embers from the mills more than five miles away.
Embers and burning grain from the Albers fire had been dumped in a marshland fill-in. It is thought that a stiff breeze picked up some of the still-hot grain and wood, deposited under the wood-and-brick constructed war plant and then fanned them into flames that swept the building.
Timothy Keliher, the watchman at the plant, was rescued by firemen, who led him to safety after he had been trapped by smoke and flames.