Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on May 26, 1958 · 5
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 5

Oakland, California
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Monday, May 26, 1958
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fBWajfB7,jrrr'a1,e?'',l,,?'Cifr is) I f o o a, . M II II j-l 1 I ii Trlban fht DOWNTOWN BLAZE Firemen battle a three-alarm fire St.. which forced the evacuation of the Athene Club. In the old 12th St. Orpheum Theater building near Clay Hundredi of spectator! were drawn to icene by flames. Itinerants May Have Set Fire in Old Orpheum Theater The raging three-alarm blaze "which nearly completed the "demolition of the old 12th St. 'Orpheum Theater, a relic of - Oakland's gas light era, early yesterday may have been set by itinerants sheltering in the building. I This was one theory advanced today by Fire Chief J. . J. Sweeney. The blaze might also have been caused by care- - lessness by workers razing the " building or by youths who played in it, he said. The fire fought by 75 firemen for more than an hour - forced evacuation of the top three floors of the 12-story I Athens Athletic Club, destroy- ed the upper two floors and , the roof of the old Adams Hotel on the other side of the '. blaze, and showered the down- town area with flaming cin- - ders. I The Orpheum, later the Fol-; lies, still later a Federal The-ater Project showhouse and, in recent years, a furniture storehouse, was being razed to ; make way for a parking lot. It ; was one of Oakland's links - with the days of Eva Tanguay ; end Lily Langtry, dazzling stars of the Orpheum Circuit. For two decades after its opening in 1907. it was the city's principal legitimate stage and vaudeville theater. An audience of hundreds was attracted to the Orpheum's last show, which began with a one-alarm curtain call at 1:30 a.m. and had raged into a fierce three-alarmer in just seven minutes. As the blaze sent flames licking at the eighth-floor of the Athens Club, Battalion Chief Robert Costa ordered the top floors of the exclusive social and athletic club evacuated. Some residents fled to the street in their pajamas. Half a million gallons of water were poured on the theater structure at 537 12th St. and firemen sent water shooting on the flames from the adjacent Athens Club on Clay St. between 12th and 13th. Decision to tear down the building was made last March. The site is to be used for parking. 6 Burn to Death In Tenement Blaxe NEWARK, N.J., May 26-Un Fire crackled through a three-story tenement today and six tenants burned to death in the charred building. Twenty-ive other tenants fled to safety. Police arrested another ten ant who lived on the top floor after they said he admitted smoking in bed. Roof Plunge Kills 2 Volunteer Firemen HIGHLAND PARK, N.J., May 26 1 Two volunteer firemen pulling a hose across the top of a blazing building plunged through the roof and burned to death today. The victims were Russell Molimock, 35, father of five children, and William Graff, 36, father of one boy. Two Die, 12 Critical In Toronto Blaze TORONTO, May 26 on Two elderly people died today in a fire that filled a West Toronto nursing home with suffocating smoke. At least 12 others were reported in critical condition. Nurses and police quickly emptied the home of other res idents, ranging in age from 75 to 85. At least six of the injured were given last rites of the Roman Catholic Church at the scene. The fire broke out about 4 a.m. at the Craig Nursing Home. Wrong Youths Shot in Grudge Payoff; S.F. Man Held A 25-year-old San Francisco truck driver is in custody today for the mistaken grudge shooting of two youths one from Hayward outside a San Francisco apartment early today. Held in San Francisco City Prison on suspicion of attempted murder and a gun law violation is Edward Medina of J79 Frederick St., San Francisco. His victims, both of whom were released from San Francisco Hospital after treatment for minor wounds, are John Figueroa, 21, of 1104 Broadway Hayward, and August He-sia, 21, of 2617 Folsom St, San Francisco. Medina told police he pocketed a pistol and left his apartment early today to search for two men in an old blue sedan who had assertedly beaten his roommate, Harry Burns, 32. Medina, riding a motorcycle, saw a car answering the de scription provided by Burns, in front of the Folsom St. address, where Hesia lives. In the car were Hesia and Figueroa. According to police, Medina fired five shots point blank at the pair when they stepped from their car. One bullet struck Hesia in the right hand. Another struck figueroa in the left leg. Police raid neither victim was involved in the incident with Burns. 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