Retro Charlotte

December 1932: Tryon Street in flames

December 20, 1932. “Traps three firemen - A stubborn fire that broke out in the Cutter building on the corner of South Tryon and Fourth streets at 10 o’clock yesterday morning smoked and smouldered for three hours before scores of Charlotte firemen could put it out. The Maxwell Clothes company, the Reese-Stowe drug store and the law offices of Bridges & Orr also incurred loss. Three firemen were trapped for a few minutes by clouds of smoke but made their way to safety. Another fireman, R.G. Basinger, was in St. Peter’s hospital last night as a result of being overcome by fumes. The picture was taken from the third floor of the Johnston building and shows part of the large crowd, hose lines, and fire trucks.”
December 20, 1932. “Traps three firemen - A stubborn fire that broke out in the Cutter building on the corner of South Tryon and Fourth streets at 10 o’clock yesterday morning smoked and smouldered for three hours before scores of Charlotte firemen could put it out. The Maxwell Clothes company, the Reese-Stowe drug store and the law offices of Bridges & Orr also incurred loss. Three firemen were trapped for a few minutes by clouds of smoke but made their way to safety. Another fireman, R.G. Basinger, was in St. Peter’s hospital last night as a result of being overcome by fumes. The picture was taken from the third floor of the Johnston building and shows part of the large crowd, hose lines, and fire trucks.” The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s valiant firemen saved the day, as always! Thank you to the CFD past, present and future.

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