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December

14- 1956 A one-alarm fire occurred at 118 Saner on a grocery and market owned by Roy Hodges, doing business as Thrifty Food Market. The cause was Defective electrical wiring and the loss was $41,493.

1958 A $42,782 loss was reported at 10:45 p.m. at 501-07 Elm Street. The fire was in a 7 story old brick manufacturing building. An overheated boiler was to blame.

15 – 1951 A four-alarm fire at 118 N. Haskell in a building owned by David W. Goodman and occupied by the Haskell Theater resulted in a loss of $22,315. Also damaged were 4106 Elm at Nedjar’s House of Success and 4102 Elm at Snead & Willingham Appliance Company.

1953 A two-alarm fire occurred at 10600 Harry Hines in a manufacturing building owned by T. B. Beren, D.O. Beren and H.E. Beren doing business as Frontier Mfg. Co. The fire was caused by a friction spark in a paint booth. Also on this date, a three-alarm fire occurred at 4226 ½ Main Street at the Abby Arms hotel owned by the Estate of Arthur L. Kramer and occupied by Mrs. Dorothy King. The cause of the fire was careless smoking.

1955 A five-alarm fire occurred at 2601 Cockrell in a warehouse owned by Farmer & Merchants Compress & Warehouse Company and was occupied by Sol Levine, doing business as United & Southern Waster Material Company. The cause of the $190,00 0 fire was undetermined.

1957 A fire at 11224 Pinocchio was reported at 10:24 p.m. in a one story semi-new building owned and occupied by Robert J. Crump, was caused by careless smoking and resulted in a loss of $40,000.

1965 A three-alarm fire was reported at 11:16 p.m. at 1324 Pleasant Drive in a one story old masonry church owned and occupied by Pleasant Grove Christian Church. A defective central heating unit was to blame for the $60,000 loss.

1972 A two story new brick apartment building at 9801 Dalecrest was vacant at the time of the fire and was known as the Copenhagen Apartments. The $56,611 loss was caused by a defective central heating unit.

16 – 1972 A two story semi-new brick apartment building suffered $151,535 loss due to a defective fireplace. The property was owned by Huie Properties and known as the Valley View Apartments located at 7918 Alpha Road.

1976 Two significant fires occurred on this date in 1976. The first was a two-alarm fire in a two story old brick apartment owned by Harold V. Sorenson, Trustee of P.C. Sorenson, and doing business as Kings Court, and occupied by Chester S. Watts. The $56,000 loss occurred at 1234 Kings Highway. The second fire occurred at 6955 Greenville Avenue where a 3 alarm fire damaged a one story semi-new brick manufacturing building owned and occupied by Alderman Brothers Furniture & Upholstery Shop. A defective electric motor caused the $65,222 fire.

1992 An electrical switch caused a $302,000 fire in an industrial building located at 9839 Chartwell.

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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