Fire Damages Buildings in Twenty Nine Palms
LOSS SET AT $22,500 Fire Damages Buildings in Plaza at Tventynine Palms A fire caused $22,500 damage to three Spanish-arcade type buildings on the historic Plaza at Twen-tynine Palms at 9:20 p.m. Monday and seriously endangered the entire shopping district. Ray T. Bolster, ranger in charge of the Twentynine Palms Forestry station, said the fire originated in the office of Ralph Dunn's Service Station. The blaze ripped through the 'north wall of the station into Bagley's Grocery Store and past a partition into Helen Bagley's Gift Shop, he added. Dunn told Bolster he noticed a pool of oil on the cement floor of the office. When he returned with a cloth to mop up the oil the office was enveloped in flames. Investigation by the Forestry Station indicated that the fire was probably started by an oil heater in the office. ' ' Hundreds of residents of Twentynine Palms lined the Plaza to watch the inferno. The odor of roasted beef covered the entire section of the city when the fire seared its way into the meat department of the grocery. The appetite-teasing aroma lasted only a short time, however, as $2,500 worth of rubber tires ignited. Frank Bagley, owner of the buildings, listed 'the damage to the structures at about $7,000. He said there was $15,500 worth of stock damaged. Quick work, by the state unit and a crew from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base was credited with averting greater loss.