Monday, December 24, 2007

West Wing Of White House Damaged By Fire

Because so many local firefighters work for the DCFD and a number of you look at this site, this post if for you.

December 24, 1929 at 8:09 p.m., while President Hoover was entertaining guest a blaze broke out in the West wing of the White House causing an estimated $60,000 to $100,000 in damages. At 8:09 p.m. box 1-5-7 was transmitted for the White House, by 8:28 p.m. four-alarm had already been transmitted. It was said that at one point 25 to 30 streams were being played on the fire by the 18 engines, six trucks and one rescue to respond to the alarm. The fire was determined to be under control at 10:55 p.m. Almost 300 off duty firemen were recalled to man the reserve apparatus.

2 comments:

4th Sgt said...

Brad... was that President J. Edgar Hoover?

Bradley Myers said...

That would have been Herbert Hoover, wouldn't want to confuse the pres. with the Newburg Chief.