In Memory of
Captain Michael J. Carter
F i r e C a p t a i n
D i e s
L.A. Fire Captain
Hollywood fire captain died today while battling an estimated $25,000
blaze near Santa Monica Blvd. and El Centro Ave. Capt. Michael J.
Carter, 54, grizzled smoke-eater of 25 years' service, collapsed while
directing his company at the smoke-and-fume-filled blaze in the Specialty
Record Co., 1107 N. El Centro.
Feeding on piles of wax and chemicals used in the plant, the blaze quickly
destroyed the record works and the Lee Green Photographic Shop and Grant
Motor service Co. adjoining.
|FIRE CAPTAIN DIES
FIGHTING BIG BLAZE
Flames turn record plant into inferno
fire captain died of a heart attack today while battling a $315,000
blaze at a Hollywood phonograph record manufacturing concern and
commercial photography studio.
Capt. Michael J. Carter, 55, of Engine Co. 27 was stricken while fighting the furiously burning records in a building at 1107 North El Centro avenue.
He was given emergency treatment by the Fire department resuscitation squad and was removed to Hollywood Receiving hospital but died en route.
The fire apparently originated in the second story of the building where Green and Tillisch commercial photographers had extensive studios.
The fire ate through the flooring and swiftly engulfed the office of the Alco Research and Engineering Co., manufactures of records for Phil Moore's Discovery recordings and the Specialty Music Co.
While proprietors A. H. Levine and L. A. Cottrell hustled company files out of the office the fire broke through to the adjoining shop where 250,000 highly inflammable shellac records were stored.
With a tremendous explosive burst of flame the stacks of records turned the shop into an inferno.
Six workmen, who make the records from master discs, escaped without injury.
Five fire companies answered the alarm and the fire was under control within 30 minutes.
Levine estimated that loss of the records and damage to his equipment was $250,000, while Mrs. Leland Green said that $50,000 worth of damage was done to the photography studio and its contents.
The building, which is owned by movie actor Edward Everett Horton, was damaged to the extent of $15,000, estimated Asst. Chief Pat H Ferguson.
Capt. Carter lived at 5532 Klump avenue, North Hollywood. He joined the department in 1925 and was appointed captain in 1932. For many years he was head of Hollywood's Engine Co. 27.
Fire Capt. Michael J. Carter, 55, of 5532 Klump Ave., North
Hollywood, is dead today, victim of a heart attack
suffered while directing the battle against a $315,000 blaze
J., age 55, of North Hollywood, beloved husband of Sue Carter, father
of Mary M. Kearns of Highland Park, Theresa C. Koenig of Pacoima,
Thomas J. of San Fernando and John of North Hollywood. Captain
of Los Angeles Fire Department, Engine Co. No. 27 of Hollywood.
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