#TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1935 Oil Truck & Bridge Fire

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Jul 12, 2018

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According to NFPA, 173,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the US during 2016 resulting in 206 civilian fire deaths and 1,075 civilian fire injuries.

There wasn’t much that could be done when an oil truck collided with a passenger car while both were crossing the Atlantic Street Bridge in Compton, CA on July 15, 1935.


The above photo shows the oil truck on the left in flames and the bridge structure on the right.


The truck ran off the bridge, catching fire and burning down the structure. Several men narrowly escaped death as one suffered severe burns.


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 Research Library & Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic.


Library staff are available to answer reference questions from members and the general public.