OREGON FOREST FIRE RAGES OUT OF CONTROL - 1932 An enormous forest fire sweeps through the Northwestern corner of Oregon and spills over into Southwestern Washington. Hundreds fight to save their homes, logging camps and farms but are defeated by 50 m.p.h. winds that drive the flames.
SHANGHAI'S PAO ZUNG GOES UP IN FLAMES - 1932 Shanghai’s gold and silversmith establishment of Pao Zung on Nanking Road is razed by a fire. Traffic is paralyzed as thousands jam the streets to watch and sometimes hamper the firemen and police working to put out the flames.
RAWLEIGH WARNER OIL TANKER FIRE - 1932 Following an explosion the Louisiana oil tanker Rawleigh Warner burns while fire boats try to put out the flames. At least nine crew are killed in the tragic disaster.
NEW YORK CUNARD LINE PIER FIRE - 1932 A rubbish fire under the Cunard Line Pier (later renamed Pier 54) becomes one of the most notorious blazes of 1932. More than 400 fire fighters are injured during their four-day fight to put out the flames. The only death is Lieutenant Colonel Ralph A Kluge, the original designer of the pier.
AIRPLANE CRASH DEMOLISHES CHICAGO HOUSE - 1932 A Chicago two-story brick house still smolders from a fire created when an Air Corpse Reserve airplane crashes causing an explosion. Lieutenants Harry Sandusky and Charles H. Fargo are killed and the twisted remains of the plane outside the building are all that’s left. Fireman POV inside the building looking out at a crowd of onlookers studying the tragedy.
THE PINES HOTEL BURNS DOWN - 1932 The Pines hotel in Panama City, Florida goes up in flames as winter tourists escape with their valuables. Firemen from several nearby towns fight the blaze but the fire leaves nothing but a burned out shell of the former landmark.
KANSAS CITY GRAIN ELEVATOR FIRE - 1932 A Kansas City, MO grain elevator burns following a spontaneous combustion of grain dust. The huge building collapses as flames consumes it in spite of fire fighter efforts to stop the blaze that claims the lives of two firemen and injures nine more.
ASBESTOS SUITS FOR FIRE-FIGHTERS In Univsersal City, California fire-fighters are immune to searing flames. Wearing new asbestos suits that revolutionized fire-fighting they douse a fire and then sit playing cards in the midst of the flames without injury.
Date: 1931 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: DV Length: 00:00:45:00, No Audio
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