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8 – 1949
A two alarm fire occurred at 2902 McKinney in a building owned by Edwin Sanger and occupied by the Paddock Grill. Other occupants of this building who suffered damage were: Darts Drugs at 2900 McKinney and the W.L. Baker Company at 2646 Allen. The loss was $14,740.
1974
A 2 alarm fire was reported at 8:18 p.m. at 6583 Briarmeade in a 1 story new brick dwelling owned by Gene R. Profant and occupied by Howard and Juanita Stamper. The improper installation of a gas water heater was the cause of the $100,000 fire loss.
9 – 1970
A fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. at 4425 Thunder Road in a 1 story new brick veneer dwelling owned and occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Ott. The loss totaled $70,000.
1974 A 2 alarm fire was reported at 12:41 p.m. at 5556 Ledgestone in a 1 story new brick dwelling owned and occupied by John Griesel. The cause of the fire was undetermined and resulted in $89,600 in damages. The residence at 5550 Ledgestone was also damaged.
1991
A four alarm fire occurred at 5405 Gaston Avenue in an apartment
complex. The cause of the $322,000 loss was a child with a lighter.
10 – 1860
On a very hot 100 degree day, the entire village of Dallas was burned to the ground. On the west end of the village square around 2 p.m. is where the fire began near Wallace Peaks new two story frame home. Fifteen buildings along the square were destroyed and the fire raged up Main and Commerce Streets destroying everything. The only buildings to survive were the courthouse and a saloon and the southeast corner of the square.
1959
A two alarm fire was extinguished at 3315 Knight Street in a 2
story old brick duplex that caused $6,191 in damages and was caused by careless smoking.
11 – 1980
A three alarm fire was fought in numerous single family dwellings that began at 2:30 p.m. at 9300 Springwater and required three alarms to extinguish. The fire caused $339,800 in damages and was caused by fireworks.
12 – 1953
A three alarm fire was extinguished at 1407 Camp in a Chemical Laboratory owned and occupied by Charles A. Emerson. The $27,999 fire also spread a printing company at 1411 Camp, a bindery company at 1413 Camp and a paper warehouse at 1408 Ross Avenue. The cause of the fire was blamed on defective wiring.
13 – 1971
A one alarm fire was fought at 4149 Mendenhall that was reported at 10:36 p.m. A short in an electrical box caused the $70,000 fire.
1977
A 2 alarm fire occurred at 2053 Fort Worth Avenue in a one story
brick drugstore owned by Gilliland Trust and occupied by Zale Corporation doing business as Skillern Drugstore. Cause of the $150,000 fire was incendiary.
14- 1972
Dallas firefighters responded to the Player’s Lounge at 1705 North Carroll at 7:18 a.m. the fire was in a 1 story commercial building that was started intentionally by an adult and resulted in $65,000 in damages.
1977
A one alarm fire occurred at 4442 Sugar Mill in a one story semi
new brick dwelling owned and occupied by Sally Mayran. The $100,649 loss was caused by a malfunctioning air conditioner.
1984
A five alarm fire tears through 3915 Gilbert Avenue in multifamily condominiums that were under construction. This arson fire occurred in the Oak Lawn Properties and caused $2,935,600 in losses.
15 – 1954
A 5 alarm fire at 1514 Cockrell occurred in a Freight Depot owned by Mary Alice Dealey and occupied by Sunset Motor Lines. Cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion with a loss of 56,575.
16 – 1950
A one alarm fire occurred at 5418 Mockingbird Lane in a building owned and occupied by Jno. W. Pace Jr. doing business as The Corrall, a restaurant and night club. The loss was $13,500.

A Modern Museum

Our goal is to redefine the interior space of the Museum in order to create exhibits and preserve the antique equipment, artifacts and photos for generations to come. Below is the floor plan for the renovation of the first floor exhibit featuring all firefighting equipment and machinery. By changing the interior footprint, The Dallas Firefighters Museum simultaneously will lay the foundation for expanded outreach to thousands of schoolchildren.
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