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This Day in Susanville History – June 10th, 1930

Fire Burns behind Borghi's Store on Richmond Rd

Halt Flames with Dynamite;
City Left in Darkness as Electric Plant Is Burned
Part of Residential District Near City Limits Swept Away; Eight Families Are Left Homeless

Special to The Journal.
SUSANVILLE, June 10th, 1930

Fire, which destroyed between $75,000 and $100,000 worth of property here today before being brought under control by use of dynamite, tonight had left the city without electric service and seven families without homes.

The fire, of undetermined origin, swept away parts of a business and residential district bordering the city limits of Susanville. It completely consumed the electric substation which supplies Susanville and vicinity with power, light and heat.

Starts in Restaurant

The conflagration started in a restaurant near the local railroad station at noon. It quickly spread to a nearby frame apartment building and lumber yard, formerly property of the Red River Lumber Company and more recently owned by the late P.A. Quigley.

Three residences were destroyed. For a time the flames threatened the entire town until brought under control by dynamite.

The Susanville fire department, a volunteer company with but one piece of equipment and the fire departments of local lumber companies were practically helpless owing to lack of water.

Substation Destroyed

The greatest loss was suffered by the California Utilities company, recent purchasers of the Lassen Electric Company. The substation which was completely destroyed by the flames was valued at more than $30,000. This structure was not insured.

The apartment building, which also housed the offices of a retail lumber firm, was valued at $10,000 or more. The three residences and their entire furnishing, a total loss, were estimated at $30,000.

A supply of ice in a nearby ice storage plant was melted away. It was also believed that two automobiles were lost in the fire.

The properties lost in the blaze included the Quigley apartments and lumber company, a restaurant, one barn, a residence belonging to William McClellan, two other residences and several smaller buildings. Other nearby structures were partially damaged by the flames. Most of the residences were believed to have been covered by insurance however.

Power Paralyzed

Power lines supplying the entire town and Honey Lake Valley were paralyzed but officials stated that they would be temporarily restored tomorrow night.

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Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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