Dallas, TX Freight Depot Fire, Feb 1943

Depot's $50,000 Fire Blamed On Tramps

Tramps who entered the building to sleep are believed to have caused the Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight depot fire Friday night which caused an estimated $50,000 damage, Fire Marshal Jack Thompson said Saturday.

"The men apparently crawled beneath the freight house and tore planks from the floor to gain entrance." Thompson said. "They probably were smoking and lighted cigarette may have set paper afire. We have reports that two tramps were seen leaving the building just as the fire got well under way."

Thompson said he expected several arrests to be made. One man, a transient, was arrested but released after questioning by police and deputy fire marshals.

Eleven Katy clients who had material stored in the freight depot estimated their loss at $25,000, Thompson said he was informed. The 30 year old building, built at a cost of $44,000, was badly damaged.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 28 Feb 1943