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Pioneer, TX Fire, Aug 1924

PIONEER, OIL TOWN, SCENE OF BIG FIRE

CROSS PLAINS AND RISING STAR EQUIPMENTS AID IN SAVING CITY; LOSS $50,000.

Special to The News.

CROSS PLAINS, Callahan Co., Texas, Aug. 19. - Fire believed to have originated through a stray match thrown in a pile of trash in an alley completely destroyed all buildings on the north side of the street in the central block of the oil field town of Pioneer, five miles east of here, at 1 o'clock Tuesday. Quick work on the part of citizens using small fire extinguishers further aided by a chemical truck rushed from Rising Star prevented a spread of the flames to adjoining blocks.

A call for assistance to both Cross Plains and Rising Star was immediately turned in by the telephone operator on duty at Pioneer and met with a response of more than 100 men from each town, who arrived in time to render assistance in carrying the contents of several buildings to safety.

The burned block housed many of the leading business firms including the Cooper Grocery, the Allen Grocery, City Drug Store, the Oil Center Pharmacy, Jones' Drug Store, Wilcox Hardware Store, the Rippy Cafe, Ford Davis Barber Shop, Claud Dunlap Barber Shop and Neal's Tailor Shop. All are a total loss except the small quantity of merchandise carried from some of the buildings as the flames spread. An estimate of the loss is hard to obtain, but will likely run above $60,000 with but a very small amount of insurance.

No loss of life or serious injury among the firefighters is reported.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 20 Aug 1924

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