May, TX Business Section Fire, Sept 1952

Blaze at May Razes Fourth Of Store Area

Special to The News
May, Brown Co., Texas, Sept. 4.-A fourth of the business section of this little town was wiped out by fire Thursday.

The blaze was discovered about 9 a.m. in the walls of one of the four buildings destroyed. When workmen ripped off a board off the wall the flames leaped out and spread rapidly.

Fire trucks rushed from Brownwood, Cross Plains, Rising Star and Cisco to battle the fire, but little could be saved. There was no official estimate of the damage, but a guess placed the loss at $100,000 or more.

Destroyed were the O. L. Killion Red and White Grocery, in which the fire is believed to have started; the Willett Grocery and Feed Store, the Ira Nelson feed store and storage building, an automatic telephone exchange operated by the Southwester States Telephone Company, and the Masonic lodge hall.

The fire was brought under control two hours after it was discovered.

May is located about nineteen miles north of Brownwood on the Cisco Highway. Its population is 400.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 5 Sept 1952