BLANEY, June 3 – Fire which broke out shortly after noon at Blaney Lumber company had caused an estimated $50,000 damage early this afternoon. The flames were reported raging unchecked, crossing Highway 1 into the town and blocking off all traffic. An eye-witness said that there was no apparent hope of saving the lumber company.
F. T. Bowen, owner, estimated that damages would reach $350,000 if the fire remained unchecked. Both sawmill and lumber pile, as well as a large stack of sawdust, were enveloped in flames. Woods on the other side of the highway were ignited by sparks from the lumber yard. It appeared that all the lumber stacked in the year would be lost. No fire trucks were at the scene this afternoon but throngs of
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volunteer firemen were fighting the flames with water brought up in buckets and barrels.
A threat of great disaster hung over the community this afternoon in the form of 700 gallons of fuel oil which was in the path of the blaze. Workers gathered in bucket brigades fought hard to keep the flames away from the fuel.