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UNION LIVESTOCK FIRE PARKERSBURG WV 1972

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The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

 

The Union Livestock Fire- July 11, 1972 picture courtesy John G. Dana

UNION LIVESTOCK' FIRE

Fire destroyed the Union Livestock Sales, East and Depot Streets, Tuesday, July 11,1972. Damage at the two-story frame structure was set at $200,000 by Joe Corbitt  Manager. Fifteen head of cattle worth $3,000 were killed, and fire damage was inflicted on several trucks at the scene. The fire alarm was received by phone at 3:14p.m. when Charlie Crooks, an employee who lived near the stockyards, noticed the fire. Four city engine companies and two aerial trucks responded, and they fought the blaze for two-and-a half hours. Every off-duty Parkersburg fire fighter who could be reached was called in to help with the blaze.

Nine firemen were treated at city hospitals, but all were released after treatment. Treated at Camden Clark were Earl Argabrite , Bill Archer, John Owens, Thurman Hicks, all for heat exhaustion, and Elmer Lee for burns of the eyes. Treated at St. Joseph 's were Steve States for burns of the hands,  and Robert Meeks, John Summers and Bill Scott for heat exhaustion. The blaze demolished stock pens and an auction house in the first fire to hit the structure since it was built in 1930.

The exterior of a wall on the Bonded Sleep Products, Inc. building nearby was. damaged, and may have to be rebuilt,' according to Corbitt. At times, fire men could be seen shedding their rubber coats to splash them selves in pools of water to cool their body temperatures. Fire Chief G. F. Hays said the painted surface of three of the city's fire trucks was scorched by the fire, actually raising blisters on the surface of the trucks. Aerial Truck 1 was damaged extensively. Chief Hays said that when a wall began to collapse, firemen found it necessary to hastily withdraw the ladder truck and in doing so, its hose became entangled in the ladder of Aerial Truck 2, and twisted the extended ladder on Truck 1,bending it out of shape, and rendering it inoperable. The chief said he could not determine the extent of damage to the trucks until he received estimates on what it would cost to repaint them. He said he estimated the cost of replacing the damaged ladder at about $3,500.

Plastic lenses on the fire trucks were melted by the intense heat, and at times, firemen actually had to turn their hoses on the trucks to cool them off and prevent further damage to them, Chief Hays said. Dale Pringle, chief fire inspector, said the fire started in the back of the stockyards where the veterinarian's offtce and hay storage area are located. . A large quantity of hay stored inside the wooden frame structure fed the fire, possibly causing it to spread so fast, firemen said. The blaze spread out of control in a matter of minutes, and when firemen arrived on the scene, the building was . totally engulfed by flames and smoke. President of the livestock corporation is W. W. Strader of Clarksburg , and J. W. Balderson, assistant treasurer for the company, serves as office manager.

About 20 persons are employed by the stock company which serves as a livstock trade center for the five-county area of Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Roane and Jackson. Corbitt said he could not at this time make any plans for the immediate future for holding sales Listed as owners of the. livestock which died in the blaze' were Muri Bussert, who was said to own five head of cattle and Paul Sams, who owned the other 10 which perished. Franklin Ambulance Co., Parkersburg Emergency Ambulance and Harold Hadley Ambulance of Marietta were on the scene, offering first aid treatment and transporting the injured firemen to the hospitals.

Members of the Civil Defense Auxiliary Police were called to the scene and they assisted in traffic direction and elsewhere throughout the evening.

 

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