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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 1974, Abilene, Texas 93RD YEAR, NO. 202 PHONE 673-4271 OR WITH OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD. EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 5, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Presj (If] Smoke mushrooms aloft Dense black smoke-engulfed a three-square-block area around the Central Church Christ-as-it-burned ..Friday: The and destroyed-in'''si.'fife-that firemen battled Bank building. By Raging 3-Hour Fire By MIKE MURPHEV Reporter-News Staff Writer Fourteen Abilene Fire Dept: trucks and about 60 firemen battled a major fire for three .liours Friday that destroyed 'the Central Church of Christ building at N. 9lh and Cy- press. "In my judgment, the build- ing is a total reported Chief Joe Lockharl who was -ini charge of the fire fighting .team. "The total interior was gutted, and the roof fell in damaging anything that was Iwlow." -The-cause of .the fire was undetermined Friday .--night. -TTie investigation had been turned over to Capt. C.D. Snell of the Fire Marshal's office. place is so burned out thai I really don't have any- thing I can pul my finger on right explained Snell. "This one is going to lake a lot more looking." BOTH SNELL and Lockharl said they felt the main fire had been in the ceiling and attic before the roof of the building collapsed. Snell said Inside Today Saxbe Assumes New Post that-his preliminary investiga- Uon-Friday afternoon led him to b'elieve that the fire had started in the general area of the east end of the main audi- torium. I.ockhart agr e e d, saying we got there the northeast side of the building main fire area, but it was; spreading so quickly we couldn't really tell where it began." c k h a r t said that the alarm was called in at a.mi "We first began to con- troljthe fire about 2 p.m." he. recalled, "and we had it com- pletely controlled by p.m." Two firemen were injured in the blaze, neither seriously. A fireman on the scene said tliat .loe' Middleton had slipped Former Sen. William B. Sax-be of Ohio becomes the 70th U.S. attorney general" Pg. set up o shoe-shine stand offering 50-cent shines and two page career resumes says a fire engine ''knocking out 'a couple of teeth and cul-titigr his lip." Hob Densman suffered a slight back .sprain. Daylight -Saving Time goes into effect at 2 a.m. up the stand lo follow up on job leads he picked up. Pg. It C II SECRETARY Mrs. Marion (Eunice) Evers-dyke was still working in Ihe day.. If you don't like side of the. church when idea, blame it on arrived. An unidenti- Franklin. Pg. Classified 7B 7.1 1C 4 rushed into the building helling her there was a Rep. Ray Hutchinson Form '4A Mrs. Evcrsdyke look a fcwfof the church records with out of GOP race for she left. The main fire ernor, omid sudden not destroy the offices storm of press releases announcing others' political plans. Pg. Sports Today in History TV Los 8A 1-3C 12C Mrs. ICversdykc was, and church members recovered several filing cabinets Scout An unemployed News FIRE, Vg. Col. 1 Charred Coins, Senior Rings Become School's Nostalgia Nixon Defies Subpoenas Of Tapes and Documents 'By VER11E McAUSTKIl Staff Writer NOLAN A few charred coins, five senior rings and two charred metal cash boxes were the only recognizable re- mains of the safe at Divide school Friday. A fire Thursday morning de- stroyed the two-story brick building which housed 75 stu- dents. OPERATIONS 'BEGAN Fti- day morning lo (car down Ihe i remaining walls of the 41- The story in photos. Pg. liC year-old structure. A large tractor with metal cables pulled the walls down as about 30 Nolan residents slood by ar.d watched. Don Armstrong, Divide sen- ior, said he thought it was a bad dream wben he heard about the school building .burning: "I never appreciated Hie building until it was gone. 11 doesn't seem right to see them tearing il he said SA.N CLEMENTK, -Calif. (AP) Nixon de- fied Senate Watergate com- mittee subpoenas for :'masses of presidential tapes and docu- ments Friday, accusing the panel of "an overt attempt to intrude into the executive to a degree "that constitutes an un- constitutional usurpation' of power." As he set the stage for a new and extensive legal bat- tle, Nixon also announced a shuffle in his Watergate
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