Los Angeles Fire Department
FILM STARS FLEE BIG HOLLYWOOD
Photo shows flames and
smoke raging atop the fashionable seven-story Voltaire apartments in Hollywood
as a fie gutted the luxurious top stories and sent scores of film tenants
hurrying to the street. One fireman, E. W. Wood, died of injuries received
when he fell 100 feet from the blazing roof. Two other firemen were
injured. The fire, which is said to have followed a mysterious explosion,
resulted in $150,000 damage to the structure.
2 FIREMEN FALL OFF
conflagration that drove a score of film colony tenants into the
smoke-darkened street outside and caused the death of one fireman and
the serious injury of two others, destroyed the roof and upper stories
of the fashionable seven-story Voltaire apartments at 1428 Crescent Heights
boulevard early today.
More than a thousand persons stood in the street to watch the dramatic fire-fight. The fire was of a mysterious origin, and both county and city arson squads are conducting an investigation.
Among the screen notables who fled the burning building were Kathlyn Williams, Alan Hale, Margaret Ettinger and Ross Shattuck, players' agents, Ann Bauchen, head cutter for Cecil B. De Mille, and Marcella Knapp of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer casting office. From an adjoining apartment building rushed Maureen O'Sullivan. Form one down the street came John Farrow, writer. The latter kept his car in the Voltaire garage and had rushed over in time to rescue it.
The fireman who lost his life was D. W. Woods, 38, of County Engine company No. 8. He and Curtis Dillin, of City Engine company No. 27, were pitched from the burning building's steep Norman roof, unnoticed because of the dense
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