Fresno, CA Store Fire, Nov 1915


Blaze Threatens Business District.

Man Confesses to Starting Fire

FRESNO. Nov. 29. -- After fire wrought $30,000 damage in Frank Hickman's store and threatened to spread ruin throughout the business section early today. arson [sic] charges were filed this afternoon against Hickman and his head salesman W. H. Jenks.

Jenks, it is claimed, confessed he made preparations for firing the store with Hickman's knowledge and approval.

Jenks was thrown into jail but Hickman is in San Francisco. 

According to Jenks' story, everything was in readiness to torch the store, when a gas jet ignited the goods.

Riverside Daily Press, Riverside, CA 29 Nov 1915