Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DENARGO MARKET - 1971




Photos
: Denver Public Library 


On July 7, 1971, fire destroyed the Denargo Market, a produce warehouse in Denver.

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Firefighters were hampered by the lack of fire hydrants in the area and a loss of water pressure,'' according to Denver Public Library researcher James Rogers.

Firefighters contended with other hazards, including two railroad tank cars filled with carbon dioxide, 50 kegs of black powder in a nearby property and 13,000 volt power lines, according to Rogers.


The 1971 inferno was the second major blaze to strike the market, the first occurring Dec. 16, 1952.

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