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Port Angeles Evening News (Newspaper) - December 13, 1965, Port Angeles, WashingtonOlympia fire guts Aldwell building i by Scooter Chapman the three Story Aldwell first building to be constructed in the downtown area of port is a soldering ruin following a roaring fire which started sunday 1 the historic constructed in 1906 by Thomas was completely gutted by which started around 6 and was not controlled until shortly after 3 Mon no injuries if Lee president of the Aldwell biding said this morning that the loss will probably exceed close to 20 business establishments were completely destroyed by the which attracted thousands of who stood in Awe in the weather to watch firemen Battle stubborn i at 10 this firemen were still unable to enter the charred ruins As water was being pumped into the building in an Effort to quell hot who also owns the said the building itself was adequately covered by Many businesses carried fire and Content but a realistic loss Fig ure will not be known until insurance adjusters clan comb the blackened firemen received the first Call at 6 according to eyewitness employees at Tom Birk across the Alley from the building on Laurel spotted the smoke Atad put in the Hugh owner of Mars housed in the his wife and another unidentified came out of the located under the Center of the Mars apparently said something about an he was unable to be contacted Clare owner of boiling Worth dental located on the second was working in his i heard people Yelling in the so i opened my window and looked they were shouting so i went Down stairs to see what was going i went Back to the but smoke was too thick and 1 had to come i was Lucky to get he fire chief Kenneth Cameron said first units on the scene tried to go Down to the base ment through the apartment door on but flames were too fire units then tried to get to the Blaze through a driveway Between the building in the but were forced Back by smoke and Cameron stated the fire was confined to the basement of the Structure for close to an but climbed through the he said there was no Way to ventilate the the Blaze spread from the rear of the building toward first aided by 22 Volunteer close to 40 coast guard personnel from Ediz Hook and count less other poured water on the Blaze from but they could not get inside due to smoke and huge Billows of smoke and steam Rose Over the downtown Section shortly after 6 at the height of the near one could not see Down Laurel due to the heavy smoke which was heavily scented by aerosol half cans were exploding in the Laurel Beauty Tkv fire broke through the rear portion of the roof shortly after 9 and then worked its Way toward Fry drug the in the windows of Fry drug shattered and flames roared out onto first chasing firemen and workers a Power outage occurred at this As City Light Crews Cut Power in the downtown Sec the North Side of first and All of front was in darkness and a tremendous traffic Jam occurred at 2nd and Laurel As spectators flocked to the the Laurel stairs were persons were sitting on the grass overlooking the downtown City police sheriffs deputies and blocked off 1st at Lincoln and Oak and the crowd was held the fire roared until shortly after 11 when flames by this firefighters were drenched and shivering and the building was engulfed by smoke and the salvation army was on the scene at with Coffee for the workers in the downtown Citadel made hundreds of Wiches for personnel and others on the the eagles Lee Barneys restaurant and Harrington helped out with the Volunteer firemen were Given a breather just before Midnight and two pumpers were left at the scene to pour water into the ened by this most of the spectators had returned radio Kong stayed on the at times with auxiliary Power supplied by the National Park to keep listeners in it left the air shortly before 3 Power was restored at shortly after firemen were still How about the East Wing of the hous ing the newly remodeler Wagner food shop and Many Law a fire door Between the East and West Wing is credited with saving this portion of the smoke and water poured into this Sec which was added in As Early As the Interior of the Toggery was filled with at Volunteer firemen were called Back when the flames broke through the West Wall of the firemen quickly entered the clothing store and got to the Blaze before it could the fire apparently followed timbers Between the first and second except for hot which flared up throughout the Early the fire was controlled near 3 Many firemen were on the scene for Over 14 the gales Addi Tion fire Depte provided backup for the City during the As far As could be Charles Raab rescued his optometry equipment and records shortly after the fire started and Fillon jewellers Stock was moved to mels Street by firemen would not allow anyone else to get close to the due to intense heat and the danger of exploding portions of the second floor Are still in tact but every office is a tangle of charred All of the businesses on the Street floor were the portion of the building housing the Sunrise bakery and sound collapsed in a sparkling this portion of the Aldwell building was attached and not a part of the original Struc Lyle beam Western Union and Fry drug were As were the offices occupied by Filion and battalion chief Kenneth Nichols said this Moring it would be Days before the exact cause of the fire is As to the Dollar and cents the half million Dollar figure could go Law offices not Only lost books and but priceless Herb who has operated Fry drug since was in Seattle when the fire broke he arrived on the scene shortly was visibly shaken at the loss files dating Back before 1919 were he estimated his loss of Stock alone at Over both Fry drug and the Toggery were heavily stocked for the Christmas it will be Days before insurance adjusters can deter mine that the Aldwell building has a Long in his conquering the last said by i Felt such Faith in the future of port Angeles that i decided to build a two Story Brick building on the Corner of first and the contract called for a Brick building but just before commencing i Learned that a company had been formed to open a Sandstone Quarry up Tumwater Here was a new Industry and i was deter mined id give my support to this new enter prise and changed my contract from Brick to Tumwater Valley the original Sandstone Shell stands the Interior is a charred to the future of the the East Wing can be cleaned up and the West Wing will almost certainly have to be scene this View from atop the Lee shows 1st and Laurel intersection about 11 sunday when flames began spurting through the Aldwell building news photos by nexus r and 1965 208th Issue of 50th year 14 pages 10 cents member associated press if damaged firms spectators hundreds of local citizens viewed sunday nights spectacular these persons perched atop olympic state Kitt Corner from the Aldwell building which i the following business premises were destroyed or damaged in sunday nights fire in the Aldwell damage assessments Are still being jewellers Charles Raab s drug Union Lyle beam real estate Laurel Beauty Salon realty bakery restaurant insurance Keith Thompson dentists attorneys Conniff Moffett a Luchel Platt John Wilson Lee Reynolds Andrew Severyns and Harper Stanley Taylor the Toggery dental oratory More pictures pages lab flames throughout the night flames kept bursting out of doorways and tons of water were poured Down this but flames kept springing up from the firemen were pouring water into the Aldwell building from All sides late sunday night to an attempt to beat Back the flames and save the adjoining building on firemen atop old White building can dimly be seen firemen credit a fire door Between the two structures with helping prevent spread of the initial stages this scene shows fire at about 8 firemen pour water into beam steal estate and Western Union offices at right and Laurel Beauty Salon at shiny suited Crew Are coast guardsmen wearing Asbestos

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