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Adna, WA Bridge Burns, Feb 1932

FIRE DESTROYS BRIDGE AT ADNA.

STEEL STRUCTURE ON OCEAN BEACH HIGHWAY WEST OF CHEHALIS FALLS INTO RIVER.

Adna, Wash. -- The Ocean Beach highway bridge across the Chehalis river at Adna six miles west of Chehalis was destroyed by fire late yesterday the blaze starting about 2:30 o'clock. The cause is unknown but the presumption is that a cigaret butt that had been dropped about the center of the long steel span had smouldered into a blaze in the asphalt flooring. Underneath this was heavy
creosoted planking.
The Chehalis fire department was quickly on the scene and extinguished the fire underneath the north end piling and the under flooring, however, did the fire do its work that the north end of the huge steel span broke from its concrete pile moorings and went down into the flood waters of the river.
After putting out the blaze at the north end piling, the firemen made a record run by way of Claquato bridge to work on the south end piling. The immense new dairy barn of Harvey Shoultes at Adna and other near-by buildings were in danger, as well as Joe Buerkli's large dairy barn at the south end of the bridge.
The Adna bridge was rebuilt last year by the state at a cost of around $35,000, the contractor stating that as completed it sould be good for 35 to 50 years.
Samuel J. Humes, state highway director, made a hurried trip to the scene of the fire from Olympia.
Traffic between Chehalis and Willapa Harbor will be detoured over the Claquato road until a new bridge is constructed.
An investigation of yesterday's fire was being made today by the Lewis county sheriffs.

Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1932-02-27



article | by Dr. Radut