South Pasadena, CA Hardware Store Fire, Oct 1984
SPECTACULAR FIRE GUTS STORE.
South Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) -- A spectacular fire demolished a hardware store Wednesday night, injuring one employee, caused more than $1 million damage and left firefighters searching the rubble for two people reported missing.
After midnight two people were still listed as missing, he said. It was believed one might be an employee and the other might be a child, but that could not be confirmed, EISELE said.
Arson investigators were looking into the possible cause of the blazes that broke out at the hardware store, and a supermarket about a mile south within a few minutes of each other.
The fire began about 8:06 p.m. at Ole's Home Center near the Pasadena Freeway.
Firefighters arrived to find the west side of the building engulfed in flames and the fire doors activated, Capt. GENE MURRAY said.
A second alarm was called, and the local fire department was assisted by 20 units from ten cities and officers from three police departments.
Ukiah Daily Journal California 1984-10-11
Transcriber's Note: There were four fatalaties. This fire was proven to be an arsonist's work.