#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Memorial Day 1936 – Wichita, Kansas

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on May 31, 2018


Late in the day on May 31st, 1936, a large fire consumed a three-story department store in downtown Wichita, Kansas.

A dozen firefighters and several other bystanders suffered injuries due to falling glass and timber. Materials and stock in neighboring mercantile establishments were damaged by smoke and water.

Losses were estimated to be around $150,000 at the time.

For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.

The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic. Library staff are available to answer research questions from members and the general public.