Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Archive


The Bradbury Building Fire
304 S. Broadway St.

May 3, 1947

Title: Smoke billowing from Bradbury Building as firefighters response and crowd watches in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., 1947

Published caption:
DOWNTOWN BUILDING SAVED--Smoke billows from Bradbury Building, Broadway and Third St., as fire broke out yesterday. Firemen quickly took control of situation. Photo was taken from Spring and Third Sts., looking toward Broadway.

Los Angeles Times
Publication date:
May 4, 1947

The Bradbury Building



FiA fire in the Bradbury Building at 3rd and Broadway, 11:30 A.M., May 3, 1947.  The total of 13 Engines, 5 Trucks and 2 Salvages, responded.  Due to the odd construction of the building with an all open area way from the floor to the roof and open balcony, a very fine piece of firefighting was done by confining the fire to the floor of orign, the 5th floor.


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