#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Shipping Channel Fire in San Francisco, 1936

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on May 24, 2018

On May 26, 1936, eight firefighters were injured while battling a San Francisco blaze that covered a half-mile stretch along the shipping channel.



The fire originated at the South Pacific Main Line trestle and then spread to the three lumber yards south of the channel. While the cause of the fire was undetermined at the time, local fire officials believe it may have started in a pool of oil that was found seeping around the sewer outlets under the Seventh Street trestle.


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