More than 260 firefighters from across the
"The fire which broke out about noon was fanned by high winds which spread it over one quarter block area," the Times Leader reported
Most of the injured firemen suffered minor burns and lacerations as well as smoke inhalation, the newspaper reported.
Three buildings of the
Sixteen people were forced to stay with friends or find other housing.
A boxcar used to store wood at the
Damage was estimated to be
"The blaze believed to have started in the area near the intersection of John and Railroad streets was discovered shortly after noon. The windswept flames spread rapidly throughout the area and a general alarm was sounded at
"Firefighters set up a wall of water at the gas pumps," the Times Leader reported.
"Smoke from the fire fed by paint, varnish and turpentine could be seen throughout the
"Electrical service to 1,000 customers and telephone service at about 900 homes and businesses was affected," the Times Leader reported.
It took nearly 7 hours to bring the fire under control.
The following day,
"It was reported that the outside of the strongbox was badly burned but all contents were intact. Company records, insurance policies and other business papers were kept in the safe," the Times Leader reported
Nearly 36 hours after the fire originated, firefighters returned several times to extinguish flareups.
An investigation by
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