Firemen Escape Collapsing Roof

Firemen Escape Collapsing Roof

Five firemen narrowly escaped death or serious injury, on June 10, when a multiple-alarm fire razed a Vernon, Calif., variety store warehouse.

The fire fighters fled from an office of Variety Associates, Inc., at 2528 Santa Fe Ave., just as the roof collapsed.

Damage was estimated as being in excess of $100,000. Except for the brick walls, the building and inventory were a complete loss.

All six companies of the Vernon Fire Department, under Chief L. C. Husted, battled the blaze, which started shortly before 6 p.m. Seven Los Angeles city fire companies joined in the hour-long battle to control the fire.

Chief Husted was preparing to leave for a party in honor of his 50th birthday when the alarm came in.

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