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Fire Roars Through Lumber Yard, Threatens Homes

December 20, 2009 |  2:00 am

Dec. 20, 1909, Fire

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Dec. 20, 1909, Fire

Dec. 20, 1909: A fire apparently started by a homeless person roars through a lumber yard and a factory that made doors and window sashes, spreading to an adjoining rooming house and a home.

About 50 horses were rushed to safety as the fire threatened stables at the side and rear of the lumber yard.  “The animals, wild with fear, plunged and kicked and hung back on their halters, fighting the rescuers at every step while the fire engines thundered down upon them from every side,” The Times said.